Solid Blend Guidance on Water Systems During The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Stay at Home Orders. Click here for more information.
Our firsthand account of the increased risk of Legionella during COVID, and how one school system averted potential disaster. Part I. COVID-19 + empty buildings = stagnant water. And stagnant water = increased risk for waterborne pathogens, like Legionella and other contaminants.
(Hint: It May Not Be Your Water Treatment Program’s Fault) Mechanical contractors and facilities managers know full well the challenges mechanical seals present. Critical to the functioning of your water management system, but sometimes considered to be the weakest links, they can fail for a variety of reasons, making it tough to diagnose the problem.
Safe water carries a two-fold benefit. There’s the top priority: clean water, free from the threat of dangerous waterborne pathogens that can cause sickness and even death. But then there’s the secondary benefit: savings that can help you more closely manage your budget and remain a good steward of your non-profit’s bottom line.
Record numbers of workplaces and buildings are reopening, facing risk of waterborne pathogens including Legionella, which can cause deadly Legionnaires’ Disease. Use this guide to safely reopen your building, and reach out if our expert team can help with testing, water management or plan development.
Warmer months are approaching, and many facilities are preparing to bring their cooling towers back into service while planning to take their boiler offline for the coming season. If your facility has been closed or reduced its functioning due to coronavirus, you’ll want to make sure you have your boiler’s maintenance on your checklist too.
Longer days and warmer temperatures are welcome changes as winter gives way to spring. Seasonal changes also mean that it is time to begin preparing to restart your cooling system after its long winter layup, so that you’ll be ready for the first warm days of the cooling season. ASHRAE Guideline 12-2000 requires cooling towers to be “spring cleaned” and disinfected before being placed back into service.
How to Avoid the Hefty Price Tag of Being Reactive vs. Proactive. Ever estimated how much a reactive emergency response to a Legionella outbreak might cost you? Remediation efforts can be very expensive - upwards of $100,000 for a typical 125-bed long-term care facility - and the extended impacts such as 30-90 day water restrictions, litigation, loss of CMS star ratings and erosion of public trust can have disastrous affects beyond your bottom line.