The Water Management Plan, the EWSP , and Point of Use Filters – How they relate to each other

An Emergency Water Supply Plan is mandated as part of an overall Emergency Operating Plan both by the Joint Commission in (42 CFR 482.41), and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare in EM.02.02.09. Consider applying the principles of the EWSP described in the guidelines put together by the CDC, the EPA, and the AWWA to…

For Nursing Homes Only: Your Water Management Plan and Emergency Water Supply Plan -What Nursing Homes Should Know

As a nursing home director, you can address the risk of Legionella through the development of a Water Management Plan. The general plan and the subsection devoted to emergency action (Emergency/Contingency Section) is usually the main focus for an institution’s risk reduction efforts. Although they are the current standard for preparing your strategy and tactics,…

WMP, EWSP, and POU – how these three acronyms relate to each other

If you’re concerned with managing the risk of Legionella in a Healthcare Facility or Hospital, creating and maintaining your Water Management Plan and its accompanying Emergency Contingency section is your main focus. Although they are the current standard for preparing your strategy and tactics, it pays to take a broader perspective and to compare that…

A Few Thoughts about Controlling the Risk of Legionella

A few thoughts about controlling the risks of waterborne pathogens, specifically Legionella In the US, drinking water supplies are thought of as the safest in the world. However, like anywhere else, the water can be contaminated and requires the appropriate water treatment methods to remove disease causing agents. Common forms of waterborne pathogens and bacteria…

Ice Machines- An under-appreciated source of Legionella

Ice Machines have been getting more scrutiny lately due to updates to water hygiene standards for Hospitals, Nursing homes, and any business that services the elderly and immuno-compromised. That’s good, because Ice Machines are dirtier than you might think. That may seem counter intuitive. After all, they’ve typically got filters to remove impurities, they are…