Developing a Water Management Program to Reduce Legionella Growth & Spread in Buildings:
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO IMPLEMENTING INDUSTRY STANDARDS
Legionnaires’ disease is a serious type of pneumonia caused by bacteria, called Legionella, that live in water. Legionella can make people sick when they inhale contaminated water from building water systems that are not adequately maintained. Unfortunately, Legionnaires’ disease is on the rise in the United States. To reverse this trend, we are asking for your help to manage the risk of exposure to Legionella from water in your building.
Your building may need a water management program to reduce the risk for Legionnaires’ disease associated with your building water system and devices. This water management program should identify areas or devices in your building where Legionella might grow or spread to people so that you can reduce that risk. Legionella water management programs are now an industry standard for large buildings in the United States (ASHRAE 188: Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems June 26, 2015. ASHRAE: Atlanta).
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