According to the CDC, answer yes to one of these four questions and you are required to implement a building water management program to reduce the risk of Legionella growth and spread. Additionally, individual devices may require a water management plan (see below).
- Is your building a healthcare facility where patients stay overnight or does your building house or treat people who have chronic and acute medical problems or weakened immune systems?
- Does your building primarily house people older than 65 years (like a retirement home or assisted-living facility)?
- Does your building have multiple housing units and a centralized hot water system (like a hotel or high-rise apartment complex)?
- Does your building have more than 10 stories (including basement levels)?
Devices in buildings that can spread contaminated water droplets should have a water management program even if the building itself does not.
If you answer NO to all of questions 1 through 4 but YES to any of questions the following questions you should have a water management program for that device.
- Does your building have a cooling tower?
- Does your building have a hot tub (also known as a spa) that is not drained between each use?
- Does your building have a decorative fountain?
- Does your building have a centrally-installed mister, atomizer, air washer, or humidifier?
The information contained herein has been exerted from "Developing a Water Management Program to Reduce Legionella Growth & Spread in Buildings - A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO IMPLEMENTING INDUSTRY STANDARDS." Download the document here:
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