Developing a Water Management Program to Reduce Legionella Growth and Spread in Buildings

A Practical Guide to Implementing Industry Standards

This toolkit was published by the CDC and posted to their website in June of 2017.

Many buildings need a water management program to reduce the risk for Legionella growing and spreading within their water system and devices. This toolkit is designed to help people understand which buildings and devices need a Legionella water management program to reduce the risk for Legionnaires’ disease, what CDC Toolkitmakes a good program, and how to develop it.

Scope of the Toolkit:

This toolkit aims to provide an easy-to-understand interpretation of ASHRAE Standard 188 to help building owners and managers evaluate the water system and devices in their building(s) to see if they need a program, and then develop an effective water management program if one is needed.  The toolkit includes:  A simple yes/no worksheet to determine if an entire building or parts of it are at increased risk for growing and spreading Legionella A basic walkthrough of the elements of a Legionella water management program Scenarios describing common water quality problems and examples of how to respond to them to reduce the risk for Legionella Special sections and considerations for those who work in healthcare facilities.

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