RISK ASSESSMENT

Your municipality’s responsibility for potable water ends at the property line.

Building owners are responsible for proper maintenance and control of plumbing and water quality beyond this point.

The SanEcoTec Risk Assessment provides a full understanding of risk, while providing a mitigation strategy for Opportunistic Pathogens in Premise Plumbing (‘OPPPs’).

Legionella is one such opportunistic pathogen. The Risk Assessment enables control and proper management of your water system.

SanEcoTec conducts a critical evaluation and provides subsequent recommendations to ensure that the owner mitigates risk, and can economically put a comprehensive water safety program in place.

The SanEcoTec Risk Assessment is based on best practices informed by the advanced legislation from the European Union, and goes beyond compliance standards currently in place in North America:

  • The Prevention or Control of Legionellosis, Approved Code of Practice HSC 1995 – Revised 2014
  • British Standard 6700
  • EC Directive relating to the Quality of Water Intended for Human Consumption (80/778/EEC)
  • Model Control Plan Legionella prevention (KIWA)

Legionella Issues

  • Purpose of investigating Legionella
    • Address the growing risk and liability of Legionella
    • SanEcoTec provides an alternative approach to managing risk
  • Incidence of Legionella
    • Ontario incidence of Legionella increased 860% over the last 10 years
    • 50% of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is misdiagnosed Legionella – increasing at 7% per year – over 1.1 million hospitalizations per year in North America
  • Impacts
    • U.S. hospitalizations and Medicaid claims approaching $1 billion annually
    • Disability adjusted life years (DALYS) being studied; regarded as more insidious than originally thought since damage to lungs and immune systems is irreparable
  • Factors affecting increase
    • Recent flooding occurrences
    • Higher temperatures and heat waves
    • Aging water infrastructure
    • Aging population; growing numbers of immunocompromised populations
    • Conflicting standards…ie. anti-Legionella vs. anti-scalding; barrier protection vs. pipe disinfection
  • Compliance standards are changing
    • European best practices are highly informative
    • U.S. Court rulings and assigned liability place onus on property owners
    • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems” –has enacted (Spring 2015) new, more stringent standards, which are “code ready”

The growing incidence of types of illnesses due to on-premise plumbing
can’t be eliminated at the central municipal water treatment plant.

Courts and healthcare professionals are urging for supplemental water treatment measures – in prevention, not just remediation.

The issue is how to affordably, safely and effectively maintain water integrity…