Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many in the hospitality industry had to close their doors for weeks or even months at a time.
As regions are now reopening, one of the things hotel, motel and hospitality industry professionals should be thinking about is the water quality in your buildings.
Water Quality in Your Building May be Stagnant & Degraded
The quality of water in service lines to commercial buildings and within those buildings may have degraded and become stagnant.
This significantly increases the risk from pathogens like Legionella, some Mycobacteria and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Growth of non-pathogenic organisms could also impact the taste or smell of a water supply.
According to the U.S. EPA, the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies at this time and treatment plants have continued to operate and meet the same water standards as always.
This includes the use of residual disinfectant levels in order to inhibit microbial growth in transit. However, even under normal circumstances, the residual disinfectant typically dissipates in a matter of days or weeks.
This is of particular concern where water use produces aerosols, such as:
- Showers in gyms, fitness facilities and recreational buildings;
- Showers in hotels, motels and B&Bs;
- Taps in hair salons, barber shops and restaurants;
- Even simple toilet flushing.
Four Top Water Tips for Business Owners
1. Understand what actions were taken to bring the building back into service, e.g., flushing, chlorination, etc.
2. Engage a plumber and/or water treatment professional to service/clean the water treatment equipment within your control.
3. Communicate with employees and customers about actions taken.
4. Consider installing a point-of-entry ultraviolet (UV) treatment to minimize risk now and mitigate stagnant water problems in the future.
UV is a chemical-free, environmentally-friendly process, that adds nothing to the water and will not change taste or odor of the water. After the flushing and disinfecting of the plumbing, your business can now create its own “water ecosystem”.
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