The city of Durango Utilities Department wants to remind residents and businesses of steps to take to protect water and sewer systems and keep water safe to drink.
Water systems in vacant or minimally occupied homes or buildings should be flushed regularly. Prolonged water stagnation in pipes can cause elevated levels of lead, copper and Legionella at the tap. Guidance for flushing water systems is attached to the full news release.
“Crews have been seeing low chlorine residuals within less inhabited buildings,” Assistant Utilities Director Jarrod Biggs said. “This may impact the taste and smell of your water, but if not resolved through some flushing, could become more problematic.”
Another problem has been over-abundance of “flushable” wipes causing sewer backups. Items other than toilet paper should not be flushed, including napkins, paper towels and “flushable” wipes.
“Wipes and other solids catch on things in the sewer system, cause blockages and can result in backups within homes, businesses or even into the street,” Biggs said. “If there is any question whether to flush or not to flush, throw it into the garbage.”
Please contact city utilities staff at (970) 375-4801 with any concerns or questions.