100+ Years of Commercial Water Treatment Have Taught Us a Few Things
While Teams Have Been at Home Avoiding COVID-19 Unoccupied
Workplaces Have Developed Potentially Unsafe Conditions
Re Open Your Building Quickly By Avoiding
These 6 Common Water Safety Mistakes
Mistake #1 – Mixing the Incorrect Disinfectants Before Knowing Which Primary Chemical Is Actually Needed
There are several factors that make this an important consideration as you reopen your building following a COVID-19 closure. Knowing the right mixture, especially with the right primary chemical, is needed to address your water disinfection needs.
Mistake #2 – Setting Water Heater Temperatures Too Low
Many facilities managers turn down the temperature of water heaters to save energy. Legionella thrives within a temperature range of 77°F-108°F. Temperature range can cause additional problems in situations when a building is shut down due to COVID-19 closures.
Mistake #3 – Failing to Replace Water Filters
Filtration systems can provide a barrier to bacteria, viruses, and cysts. Filter replacement schedules for ice machines, sinks, and shower heads, etc. need to be followed. Waterborne pathogens are on the rise due to a lack of proper biofilm abatement and filtration.
Mistake #4 – Overlooking Water Features & Other Common Water Systems
Water safety is required for all building systems that rely on water. Your water safety team must take into consideration common water systems. Often overlooked systems can include decorative fountains, ice machines, sprinklers, safety equipment, and other end-use water devices.
Mistake #5 – Assuming Flushing Pipes & Drains is Enough
Removing dead water and replacing it with live water is important. However, other considerations related to flushing, like the presence of biofilms, need to addressed to ensure water is safe. If a waterborne pathogen like Legionella is present within biofilms on pipe walls or on valves, fixtures, and fittings, flushing will not remove it.
Mistake #6 – Not Including Your Entire Water Safety Group
Reopening a building after a COVID-19 closure goes beyond simple maintenance. Often testing and documentation is required. Your water safety team should include team members beyond facilities maintenance as it affects the overall and safety of your employees, visitors, and tenants.
This is not our first pandemic. Getting back-up and running doesn’t have to be difficult or risky. Garratt-Callahan Certified Field Representatives have helped keep water supplies safe for over 100 years.
If you would like to learn of other common mistakes we’ve seen over the last century and how to avoid them we’re ready to help
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