Building Owners to Maintain Water Safety When Re-Opening

Posted On Friday May 15, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic has prolonged closures or reduced occupancy of many buildings in Thunder Bay. While the City is responsible to provide clean, safe drinking water to its customers, it is the responsibility of each building owner to ensure it maintains the safety of the water within their building.

When buildings are closed or have low occupancy for a prolonged period of time, water in the building becomes stagnant and can pose serious health risks.

The City of Thunder Bay’s Water Authority and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit strongly advise building owners and operators to follow the procedures outlined in “Safely Re-Opening Buildings - A Fact Sheet for Building Owners/Operators” prior to re-opening. The Fact Sheet, which was developed by the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, is available at:

“It is important that building owners and operators follow the proper re-opening guidelines and procedures to protect the health and safety of those who live or work in the building,” said Tony Santos, Manager – Compliance and Quality Control.

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Contact: Tony Santos, Manager – Compliance and Quality Control, 684-2160

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