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BEND, OR -- The Bend Water Department urging the owners of closed businesses and empty vacation homes to flush water pipes. Bend Water Quality Manager Drexell Barnes says city water will stagnate if just sitting in the plumbing of businesses and homes. He says that stagnant water can give rise to bacteria that cause of Legionnaires disease. He says vacation home owners should remove aerators from faucets and let cold and then hot water run  for about 30 minutes.

Barnes says business owners can go to the City of Bend Utility Department webpage for information from the CDC to learn how to flush commercial water systems. Barnes says contact plumbing professionals if you need help flushing pipes in a home or business.

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