The Covid-19 Pandemic has interrupted the world economy and many people have been forced to work from home. This has left offices, hotels, municipal buildings such as schools, high rises and other commercial buildings underutilized. Water lines are sized to carry enough drinking water for the maximum occupant capacity of a building. When there are not enough people using the water, it sits stagnant in the distribution system. As water ages in the building’s piping, disinfectants (such as chlorine) added to protect the water supply diminish. In as little as three days water can become void of chlorine disinfectant, thus making the water less safe for consumption from taps and water fountains.
In this article, explore the parallels between water systems in buildings and water utilities, and the need for property owners to adopt water quality management practices, such as time-based flushing, to maintain safe water conditions for occupants.