Lunch & Learn Series:
Guidelines for Recommissioning Plumbing Equipment and Practices for Water Quality Post COVID-19 | Presented by Watts
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
12:00pm - 12:30pm CST
Jana Summey, Scott Alford
Business owners and government officials are eager to bring our lives back to the normalcy of early 2020. The COVID-19 outbreak is showing signs of slowing down, and unfortunately, a different risk is now on the rise: opening dormant buildings with stagnant water systems. Several weeks of zero flow and tempered water can result in an increased risk of Legionella, microbiological growth, heavy metals leeching and increased corrosion within our plumbing systems.
Watts Water Technologies is committed to helping the field shift into confidence going forward. This presentation will examine essential steps a building water management team or team of one should consider in order to maintain water quality and safety in plumbing systems of unused or slightly used buildings.
- Explain how water in the piping systems of empty buildings can lead to an increase in Legionella and waterborne pathogen risk
- Prepare the initial steps needed to open an unoccupied building
- Define and implement a flushing regime with key considerations in mind
- Conduct testing and monitoring practices vital to opening a building
- Instruct your team how to recommission, inspect and disinfect (RID) equipment and fixtures
Jana Summey, Watts Healthcare vertical market manager, has addressed numerous engineering and architectural design and plumbing groups on the multibarrier approach to mitigating Legionella in on-premise plumbing systems — from point of source to tap. Her insight and expertise are based on nearly 20 years’ experience in the MEP (mechanical/electrical/plumbing) design and architectural design fields, where she has most recently focused on how commercial and institutional facilities can reduce the risk of Legionella by implementing best practices and proven solutions.
Recently Jana gained a new perspective on the dangers of Legionella and the need for diligent protections when her mother was exposed to Legionnaire’s disease as a hospital patient. Jana participates in many organizations, including HITS, ASHE and APIC. She earned an MBA at University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Scott Alford is the national account manager for the healthcare sector of Watts Water Technologies and has over 30 years of mechanical equipment experience in both commercial and industrial markets. Scott has been involved with the application of water heating and cooling equipment in many critical applications, ranging from health care to power generation applications, where water quality is paramount to equipment and overall system performance.
Please Note: This is Lunch & Learn is not eligible for CECs.
DISCLAIMER: The views expressed by presenters in this Lunch & Learn should not be construed as directly representing the views of the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE). ASHE does not endorse any products or services promoted in this Lunch & Learn.