Water Safety

Responding to a Legionella Event

Managing an On-Site Legionella Event Building owners are often faced with a decision to test the building potable and utility water for Legionella bacteria. The decision to test, how many locations to test, and how often to test, are best structured in a Water Management Plan (WMP) and are specific to each building. The WMP should be developed in accordance with the requirements of the ASHRAE 188-2018 [...]

Celebrating Safety in June

Safety Month is celebrated in June on an annual basis by The National Safety Council (NSC). In honor of this year’s safety month, the NSC has designed a weekly theme highlighting various workplace hazards that impact workers regardless of their industry or job duties. At U.S. Water, we believe it’s important to share safety best practices to protect our most important asset, our employees. Under each [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]