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ESD plumbing engineer expert explores how smart water systems save resources and protect consumers from pathogens, including those that lead to Legionnaires’ disease.
In his recent article for FacilitiesNet magazine, ESD Technical Director for Plumbing Engineering James Dipping explains how smart buildings use an assortment of new technologies to foster the efficient and economical use of water resources. Dipping’s feature, “Prevent Legionella, Improve Efficiency with Smart Water Systems,” offers a wide range of views on the state of current standards for keeping water safe and economical. Dipping warns building owners and operators to be wary of the proliferation of low-flow fixtures to save water. He says the conservation gained may be at the expense of the health and safety of occupants.
Dipping says building owners and managers should work with design engineers to correctly size the piping infrastructure of their facilities to accommodate new water fixtures that flow at slower rates than were called for with plumbing codes developed in 1940—a standard still followed by many buildings today.
For a water management program to succeed, Dipping writes there should be a comprehensive strategic plan and vision in place. He says understanding your current water uses and systems allows you to develop a plan for greater water conservation, efficiency, management, health, and safety.
James Dipping brings more than two decades of experience to his role as technical director, plumbing engineering. He freely shares his knowledge with other industry professionals to further ESD’s mission to improve society through the built environment.
For more information on how our engineers can help with your project or how plumbing engineering may impact your facility, reach out to ESD’s Plumbing Engineering team.