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As lockdowns lift, new hazards lurk in the water - PLEASE FORWARD TO THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBEL FOR BUILDING OPENING as the lockdowns ease

April 28, 2020 - from Nature:

"Stagnant water in unused buildings can harbour infectious bacteria and heavy metals. Scientists point out that guidance on reopening is limited. "

"As some regions prepare to lift the lockdowns in response to COVID-19, scientists who study water are worried about the potential for a secondary health crisis waiting in the dormant plumbing of offices, gyms, restaurants and schools."

"Because of the threats from heavy metals leaching out of pipes, and bacteria and parasites growing in stagnant water, researchers are studying locked-down water systems in an attempt to understand how people can safely reoccupy buildings."

"The longer a building sits unused, the more potential there is for harm. That’s because the length of time between water treatment and use is one of the key factors determining bacterial regrowth.""One of the main concerns is Legionella, a genus of bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease."

" The most common advice after a period of dormancy is to run all taps at full flow for a set amount of time — usually 5 or 10 minutes — to flush the stagnant water from the pipes."

"And the complications don’t stop there. For large complexes such as universities, there might not be enough staff to routinely flush every building. Already-struggling small businesses could baulk at the increased water bills that would result from proper flushing. And without sufficient masks and respirators, staff carrying out flushing operations are at risk of inhaling Legionella and other pathogens that might be growing in the pipes."

"The most important things that building owners and managers can do right now" "are to flush taps regularly, carry out low-cost testing and start to build up a water-management plan."

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