The Plumbing Foundation City of New York is urging large commercial landlords and building management companies to take necessary precautions to safeguard tenants and the public from deadly microbes such as Legionella and other biofilm bacteria.
A team of engineers at NIST has produced a list of high priority research needs that would establish a foundation for the design, maintenance and operation of plumbing systems fit for the water needs of today and onward.
It’s possible that water left sitting for long periods of time could contain excessive amounts of heavy metals and pathogens concentrated in pipes nationwide, say researchers who have begun a field study on the impact of a pandemic shutdown on buildings.
IAPMO published the 2021 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and the 2021 Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC) in March. The codes were improved with safety provisions for the protection from legionellosis, safe installation of alkaline water treatment devices, and protecting homes with the inclusion of requirements for leak detection, just to list a few.
A report from NSF Health Sciences and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network recommends electronic cooling tower registry to help public health investigators quickly pinpoint the source of outbreaks.