Impact of Prolonged Shutdown on Buildings from a Water Quality Perspective


The COVID-19 pandemic brought a new set of challenges to our society. To help slow down the spread of COVID-19, businesses, schools, universities, and other facilities were shut down or are sparsely used. Due to building closures, the water in pipes becomes stagnant and water quality will degrade over time. Water stagnation could cause a variety of water quality issues such as increased risk for regrowth of pathogens, dissipating disinfectant, and increased corrosion of plumbing components in the building systems. While our understanding of water quality impacts due to widespread, long-term building closures is still developing, this webcast provided current information and recommendations on what water utilities, public health officials, and building owners should consider when buildings reopen.

Jennifer Clancy, PhD, MS Law, BCES, President and Executive Director, ESPRI
Andrew Whelton, PhD, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Purdue University
Michele Prevost, PhD, Professor and Principal Chairholder, NSERC Industrial Chair on Drinking Water; Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering, École Polytechnique de Montréal
Jasen Kunz, MPH, REHS, Environmental Health Officer, National Center for Environmental Health, CDC

Grace Jang, PhD, Research Program Manager, The Water Research Foundation

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