Community discussion: managing water in facilities during the Covid-19 shutdown

Unoccupied buildings on college campuses during the coronavirus shutdown are approaching the summer months, when temperatures are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria that can cause Legionnaires' disease. Do you know the steps to flushing out your building's multiple systems? What are you doing to manage potential contamination in drinking fountains, decorative water fountains, ice makers, and other parts of your campus?

Some of nation's leading water quality experts from Chem-Aqua offer some straightforward, easy advice on testing, flushing, and documenting your campus water systems and answered your questions below.

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Additional resources

Chem-Aqua white paper: Addressing High Water Age (Stagnation) in Low Occupancy Buildings

Chem-Aqua white paper: How to Flush Your Domestic Water Systems during times of Building Vacancy

APPA hosts a weekly panel discussion and Q&A on the shared campus responses and guidance on COVID-19 every Friday, 12:30–2:00 p.m. Eastern

The International District Energy Association (IDEA) has a page dedicated to providing resources and materials for building managers regarding COVID-19, including the original presentation on water management with Chem-Aqua’s Pat Guccione

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published guidance on building water systems

HPAC Engineering posted an article entitled “Looking Ahead: How to Restart Stagnant Building Water Systems


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