Prepare Your Water System for a Safe Re-open

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Partnership and Workforce Development – Food Safety Partnership Update

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May 8, 2020

Food, pools and lodging establishments may be closed or have low occupancy due to COVID-19. Stagnant or standing water in plumbing systems can cause conditions that increase the risk of water-borne diseases such as Legionnaires’ disease. It is important to ensure water systems are safe to use and minimize the transmission of Legionella and other bacteria. 

Information for owners and operators of establishments can be found at the websites provided below. 

Drinking Water

Lodging establishments

Pools and spas

Building water system guidance


For more information about how the Executive Orders and how they may affect your hospitality business, please go to Frequently Asked Questions about Executive Orders Related to Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation [].

Please visit MDH’s Website for updates on COVID-19.