Safe Operation of Facilities with an Effective Water Safety Concept
Real estate owners and operators are responsible for the safety of the drinking water provided to consumers in the building. Legionella bacteria that frequently grow in artificial water systems, have been identified by the European Union as the biggest health risk among waterborne pathogens.
Defining, implementing and maintaining a drinking water safety concept is not only beneficial to maintain the value of the infrastructure and to keep inhabitants healthy but is also a mandatory duty in many jurisdictions. rqmicro’s method is uniquely suited to define, implement and maintain a drinking water safety concept due to the granularity and fast availability of results.
In Switzerland, the relevant regulatory framework is provided by the food law and a supporting guideline issued by the Swiss Association for Water and Gas (SVGW-Richtlinie W3/E4).
3 Steps Towards an Effective Drinking Water Safety Concept
Assessing the risk of Legionella outbreaks and their impact based on the building, the design and maintenance state of the water system, recurring hygiene measures and test results, and the exposure and predisposition of consumers. The risk assessment also includes the definition of critical control points (CCP) in the building.
Safety Concept Definition
Define sample taking procedures and plan testing cycles
Take sample at critical control points. If required, take immediate action.
Review procedures and effectiveness of measures.
Define regular measurement intervals for each critical control point.
Perform regular measurements at critical control points (per month/quarter) and an annual revision of the risk assessment.
Adapt the concept in the event of changes in consumption or construction.
An effective Water Safety Concept provides tangible benefits to all stakeholders:
- Water distribution compliant with Swiss Food Safety Law and relevant guidelines
- Health protection for residents, employees, guests, visitors and patients
- Greater energy efficiency, targeted hygiene measures, timely maintenance of installations
- Better value retention of the property
Offering for Facility Management
Effective water hygiene surveillance for the protection of residents, employees, visitors, guests and patients
Prove effectiveness, optimize measures. Reduce energy and water consumption
Preventive maintenance supports the value retention of the building
Evaluation of facilities before events, after down-time or upon transfer of ownership
Fast localization of hotspots and targeted hygiene measures. Fast and safe reopening of facilities
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