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Posted on: May 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Water Safety Reminder for Businesses

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Governor Greg Abbott announced a phased approach to reopening Texas businesses beginning on May 1, following the expiration of his statewide Executive Order. 

Beginning May 1, the following businesses are able to open at 25% capacity for inside and patio dining areas. Individual operators may choose to remain closed if desired. 

  • Restaurants 
  • Retail stores
  • Movie theaters 
  • Malls 
  • Museums 
  • Libraries 

Along with the full guidelines for restaurants, retailers, theaters, etc. included in the Governor’s Open Texas plan for when they are open, below is a list of extra precautions businesses must take BEFORE serving the public again.

  • Before use, drain and flush hot water heaters that have not been used recently. This is especially important for dining establishments that have been closed and later into Phase II, when hair and nail salons begin to reopen. 
  • Flush faucets with cold water, then hot water for 15 minutes each on a weekly basis, at a minimum. Remove aerators on faucets prior to flushing. 
  • Flush all toilets several times.
  • Dispose of leftover ice, run a new cycle and dispose of that batch at least once more before using or serving. 
  • Run dishwashers on empty for at least one cycle before using them to clean dishes. 
  • Do not dispose of gloves, masks, disposable cleaning wipes, personal wipes or baby wipes (even if those labeled “flushable”) in your facilities sewer system (sink, floor drains, garbage disposal, grease trap or toilet).

Public works (Community Services) staff will be flushing water lines in commercial areas over the next several weeks and monitoring to ensure all facilities have clean water.

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