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Finally – New Technologies to Effectively Measure and Control Legionella in Cooling Towers

ASHRAE’s Standard 188, “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems” codifies a systematic process to assess and control the risk of Legionella pneumophila in evaporative comfort-cooling water systems. This systematic process specifies a framework of consistent action, assessment and re-assessment of the effectiveness of water treatment, routine monitoring, preventative maintenance, and water quality during service and […]

New Risks for Commercial Building Managers as Covid-19 Restrictions Ease

Office buildings, “non-essential” stores and malls, some restaurants, university campuses, hotels – there is a long list of buildings that have been idled or had extremely low occupancy for the last month or more. As state governors begin the process to gradually restart the economy and ease restrictions, there are new risks – risks that […]

You shouldn’t be worried about Covid-19 in your cooling tower. Here’s why.

What’s the risk of the Covid-19 virus – or other viruses – from being present in the water in my cooling tower? Here’s why I think that the risk is very low. Viruses – especially SARS-type viruses like Covid-19 – are very uncommon in potable and surface waters. In the U. S., the quality of […]

Snapshots from the 2020 Conference of the Cooling Technology Institute

Here are my top take-aways from the 2020 CTI Conference (Feb 10 – 13, Houston TX) Cooling Water Specifications The commonly-accepted KPI’s (Key Performance Indices) and KOI’s (Key Operating Indices) for cooling water systems were set over 50 years ago. For example, the maximum carbon steel corrosion rate for industrial cooling water systems is 3 […]

Four things that you should know if you must test your cooling water for Legionella Bacteria, Part 2

This blogpost will review the fourth thing that you should know – how to choose one of the currently-commercialized laboratory and/or field tests for legionella bacteria. The previous blogpost reviewed the first three things that you should know if you must test your water for legionella bacteria. Monitoring for Legionella pneumophila requires determining the optimal […]