Waterborne pathogens are contaminants in water that can cause illness or disease. The water we rely on for life can harbor bacteria, protozoa, and fungi that can cause illness when ingested, inhaled, or contacted. Even though our municipal water supplies are treated with primary disinfectants such as chlorine, there are other factors that can contribute to the growth and survival of pathogens in the water, including flow dynamics, temperature, metallurgy, and even the presence or absence of other bacteria or Protozoa.
This is why engineered water systems, such as domestic hot water systems, industrial cooling systems, decorative fountains and ice making machines are of such a concern. Water used for daily activities such as showering, cleaning, cooling, and irrigating can present a hazard to the surrounding population, particularly to those with weakened immune systems.
Precept Environmental specializes in the development of Water Management Programs designed specifically to help reduce the risks associated with many waterborne pathogens. The company has been providing this customized service since 2006, and since then, has been creating these programs that exceed the ASHRAE Standard 188 “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems” that was approved in 2015.