The COVID-19 pandemic has led to sweeping closures of public buildings, businesses, offices, and schools. With minimal water use, water quality in building plumbing can degrade and foster the growth of the bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia. Legionnaires’ disease incidence has been increasing over the past few decades, and without appropriate water management actions, cases could increase sharply after schools and workplaces reopen. A panel of experts will discuss the state of knowledge for building water management to protect public health when reopening after COVID-19.
Join this online open session from the Water Science and Technology Board spring 2020 meeting, taking place from 2:30-4:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 27. Details and agenda will be available here.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought a new set of challenges to our society. To help slow down the spread of COVID-19, businesses, schools, universities, and other facilities were shut down or are sparsely used. Due to building closures, the water in pipes becomes stagnant and water quality will degrade over time. Water stagnation could cause a variety of water quality issues such as increased risk for regrowth of pathogens, dissipating disinfectant, and increased corrosion of plumbing components in the building systems. While our understanding of water quality impacts due to widespread, long-term building closures is still developing, this webcast will provide current information and recommendations on what water utilities, public health officials, and building owners should consider when buildings reopen.
Moderated by Grace Jang (PhD, Research Program Manager, The Water Research Foundation), this webinar will take place on 3-4:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 28.
Glenn Haussman, longtime friend of AAHOA, hosts a new episode of “No Vacancy with Glenn Haussmann” live every day at 12 p.m. EDT. Viewers can watch live on LinkedIn or Facebook, and past episodes are posted in the No Vacancy Library.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted hospitality worldwide – resulting in widespread furloughs, layoffs, and closures of businesses across the industry. As an extra resource for hospitality professionals during this time, Forbes Travel Guide is providing complimentary live training webinars and videos to help you continue to prepare for the brighter days ahead.