Idled Buildings Pose Water Quality Risk

Stagnant water in unoccupied buildings can be a breeding ground for microbial and chemical contaminants.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented number of buildings — hotels, offices, restaurants, churches, schools — are now shuttered or operating at significantly reduced capacity.

A research team led by Purdue University published a rapid review of water stagnation challenges in idled buildings and information gaps. The review could be the foundation of more detailed plans to ensure the safety of building water as stay-home orders are lifted and public and private spaces are reopened.

Read more about the water quality risks of closed buildings on Circle of Blue.

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