Guidelines put onus on water agencies, building managers to combat pathogens like Legionella
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines in the fight to prevent Legionnaires' disease. The publication of the toolkit is a step forward in offering practical guidelines to help building owners control Legionella bacteria once it has entered their buildings from the public water supply.
The studies are in response to recent events & reports
The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) will begin new studies addressing Ebola and antibiotic resistance challenges.
The early registration deadline is March 16
The early registration deadline for the American Water Works Assn.’s (AWWA) sixth International Symposium on Waterborne Pathogens is March 16, 2015. The event will take place April 13 to 14, 2015, in Savannah, Ga.
Spectrus TD1100E is a non-oxidizing microbiological control agent used to kill or control growth of microbial populations in open evaporative cooling systems. It is designed to reduce microbiologically influenced corrosion and the potential risk of Legionella bacteria, helping avoid damage to equipment and keeping system inefficiencies at bay. A decreased use of chemicals lowers environmental impact.
A variety of scientifically defensible documents can be downloaded from EPA’s website
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing information to assist risk assessors and scientists in the development of rigorous and scientifically defensible risk assessments for waterborne pathogens.
AWWA CEO David LaFrance thanks water professionals nationwide for keeping water safe for drinking
Dec. 16, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion.
WERF awards the University of Cincinnati, Southern Nevada Water Authority & Iowa State University contracts to support further research on TOrC & pathogens
The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) has awarded the University of Cincinnati, Southern Nevada Water Authority and Iowa State University with contracts to support further research on trace organic compounds (TOrC) and pathogens. These projects will advance our knowledge of the fate, transport and detection of TOrC (i.e., personal care products and pharmaceuticals) and pathogens.
The subcommittee hearing was in response to the water pollution incident in Toledo, Ohio
In testimony this week before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) President John Donahue stressed that the solution to keeping drinking water safe from cyanotoxins begins with reducing nutrient pollution.
The subcommittee hearing was in response to an event in August 2014, when the city of Toledo, Ohio, found the cyanotoxin microcystin in finished water and issued a “do not drink” advisory for more than 400,000 people. The contamination was the result of an algal bloom in Lake Erie.
Children’s speeches in television ads utilized to drive change
Every day, thousands of children die from preventable diseases because they lack access to proper sanitation, hygiene and clean drinking water. Equally, millions of people do not know where their next meal is coming from, yet tons of food are wasted every year.
Legionella occurs naturally in the environment and is most commonly found in water. These bacteria thrive in warmer environments, so they are often found in hot tubs, hot water tanks, cooling towers, larger plumbing systems and decorative fountains.
Proper testing & maintenance help prevent deadly Legionella outbreaks