Pathogens in Drinking Water: PHCC Weighs In
Dec. 8, 2015
By Chuck White, PHCC Vice President of Technical and Code Services
PHCC provided key practical advice from the plumbing sector during a meeting of the Water Research Foundation last week to evaluate and prioritize research topics pertaining to pathogens in drinking water. During the two-day conference, held at American Water in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, PHCC joined more than 40 committee members made up of research professors, microbiology scientists, building managers, and water utility members. This group has been looking to add practical advice from the plumbing industry, particularly related to premises plumbing and possible interactions with opportunistic pathogens, such as those related to Legionella.
Determining best practices for installations and maintenance was a key theme of the discussions. A significant point of conversation was to coordinate dissemination of existing information, such as ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems. The group also expressed concern that the public be aware that, while drinking water meets established standards for water quality, the water is not sterile, potentially posing a risk for immuno-compromised individuals.
This initial cooperative effort was a first step toward increased collaboration among stakeholders in the water purveyor sector and plumbing industry. PHCC looks forward to helping provide practical solutions to these complex microbial situations.