In today’s world, facility managers are becoming more aware that the water running through their building systems can represent a risk. Responsible managers are now meeting the challenge of preventing pathogen contamination in the water used in their facilities.
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Why has water safety become such a hot issue? Because we live in a more complicated world in which our resources face increasing contamination from many sources. Nowhere is this problem more vital than in the emerging source of legionella, a pathogen that lives and flourishes in water systems.
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Legionnaire’s Disease is becoming common and serious in the United States: “…the Legionella organism is one of the top three causes of sporadic, community-acquired pneumonia. Because it is difficult to distinguish this disease from other forms of pneumonia, many cases go unreported…but it is estimated that over 25,000 cases of the illness occur each year and cause more than 4,000 deaths.” – OSHA Technical Manual “Legionnaire’s Disease”.
Facilities managers must recognize the need
Ongoing, systematic water system cleaning and disinfection is becoming an essential part of effective facility management. Building managers everywhere are recognizing that ignoring the issue of water risk management can have a drastic impact on the health and well-being of the people who enter and use their facility.
Besides the significant toll on human health when Legionella outbreaks occur, companies involved incur significant financial costs from:
- Production losses
- Damage to brand image
- Litigation, both local governmental agencies and civil suits
- Increased insurance costs