Healthcare Facilities

Water Management Programs Frequently Asked Questions

Incidents of human illness and fatality due to pathogens in industrial, commercial and municipal water systems are increasingly prevalent in the news. Although it is not required by law throughout the U.S., practicing a water management program in accordance with the ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 demonstrates the value of a safe and healthy environment, as well as protects your facility from potential legal disputes [...]

FAQ: The CMS Policy Memorandum and its Impact on a Healthcare Provider’s Water Management Program

On June 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a policy memorandum regarding the “Requirement to Reduce Legionella Risk in Healthcare Facility Water Systems to Prevent Cases and Outbreaks of Legionnaire's Disease (LD).” On June 9th, the policy was subsequently revised to clarify the provider types affected including Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), [...]

Automated Chemistry Program Saves Hospital Over 3 Million of Gallons of Water Per Year

California's PIH Health Hospital – Downey was considering a new solution for its cooling towers and chillers to improve current operations. U.S. Water was asked to review the system and provide suggestions. After meeting with the facility's team, U.S. Water representatives conducted a full audit of the facility, which included a complete water analysis. During the audit U.S. Water discovered water [...]

New State Water Discharge Permit Limitations Impact Saint John’s University Central Plant Operations, U.S. Water’s Comprehensive Water Treatment Program Meets New Permit Limitations

In compliance with their existing water discharge permit, Saint John's University's central plant discharged their boiler streams to an on campus wastewater treatment plant with the cooling tower blowdown discharged to a nearby lake. However, when the plant underwent the renewal of their water discharge permit, they faced new, tighter, discharge limits. The new permit limitations required significant [...]

Federal and New York Legionella Updates

Federal Regulatory Updates The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently released a 97 page draft document titled Technologies for Legionella Control: Scientific Literature Review. This document was prepared by the USEPA as a technical resource for governing agencies, building water system operators, and building owners to consider as they evaluate technologies to respond to the risks associated with [...]

Legionella Prevention: New York Takes Unprecedented Steps to Battle Legionnaires’ Disease

The recent regulations put forth by the State of New York  and New York City  will incorporate extraordinary measures for cooling tower disinfection, bacteria testing, increased inspections and operational management of cooling water systems. Water Treatment and Tower Maintenance Properly maintained cooling towers and evaporative condensers should have a comprehensive water treatment and [...]

ANSI/ASHRAE 188-2015: Minimizing the Risk Associated with Legionella

Introduction In June of 2015, the ASHRAE standards committee approved the final draft of Standard 188, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems. This document establishes the minimum requirements for the development, implementation and ongoing maintenance of a legionella risk management program in new and existing buildings. The Standard is a culmination of several years of work by experts in [...]

St. Vincent Medical Center in LA Achieves 30% Water Savings

U.S. Water, a leading provider of integrated water and process solutions for industry, has completed a water efficiency program with St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Los Angeles resulting in an estimated water savings of 3.6 million gallons per year. This represents an estimated 30% annual water usage savings for St. Vincent, well ahead of State of California’s 20% water reduction goal by 2020. The [...]

Automation in Cooling Towers Reduces Water & Saves Hospital Thousands

With the State of California initiative to reduce water usage by 20% by the year 2020, many plants are focusing their responsibility to become a more environmentally friendly facility. One such facility included a large California hospital seeking to reduce the water treatment costs for their HVAC system. The hospital has three (3) individual cooling tower systems that service three (3) centrifugal chillers which [...]