Water Wise

Helping business owners and facilities managers navigate sustainable savings

From extreme weather events to the royal wedding, 2018 has been a year to remember in many ways. It’s hard to believe it’s coming to a close — but here we are, with holiday season fast approaching. Before things get too crazy, let’s take a moment to reflect on 2018 through the lens of water management.

Water is used in all kinds of commercial and industrial processes, including heating and cooling, cleaning, and process applications. Proper disposal of this water after use is heavily regulated and protects human and environmental health. Wastewater management presents many challenges both from a regulatory and an operations standpoint. Understanding the basics of managing an industrial wastewater system will assist you with compliance and help you keep your costs contained.

The American Society of Heating , Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers or ASHRAE released a new standard in 2015 relating to Legionella prevention. Known specifically as ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015, the standard targets an intended audience of individuals that maintain and manage building water systems.
Although nine out of 10 Legionnaires' disease cases are preventable, older workers and those with compromised immune systems continue to be diagnosed each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People working in facilities that utilize water in different ways (heating/cooling/potable use, etc.) are susceptible to contracting this disease.