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Contamination and Decontamination of Building Plumbing Systems



Stephen J. Treado, Mark A. Kedzierski, Stephanie S. Watson, Kenneth D. Cole


The quality of drinking water has always been a subject of interest. In fact, a stable and secure supply of clean drinking water is a hallmark of modern society. Recently, new concerns have arisen regarding the potential occurrence of intentional or accidental contamination of water supply systems by the addition of undesirable and/or harmful substances after the water treatment facility. There have been occasional documented incidents of this type in the past, which have raised substantial public health concerns and remediation challenges. There is a growing effort to protect our nation s infrastructure, including water distribution systems, from compromise or damage. As part of this general effort, the EPA has established a research program to help determine the vulnerability of water distribution systems to contamination events, to identify important issues related to their occurrence, and to develop methods and guidelines for responding to any contamination events. As part of this research program, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has commenced an interdisciplinary project to evaluate contamination and decontamination issues associated with building plumbing systems. The goal of this NIST project is to develop the technical basis for guidelines, methodologies and procedures for responding to water contamination events involving building plumbing systems. This research project includes a detailed analysis of the interactions between various
Proceedings Title
2006 AIChe Conference | | | AIChe
Conference Dates
September 25, 2006
Conference Location
Gaithersburg, MD
Conference Title
AIChe Conference Proceedings


building plumbing system, contamination, decontamination, water-borne contaminants


Treado, S. , Kedzierski, M. , Watson, S. and Cole, K. (2006), Contamination and Decontamination of Building Plumbing Systems, 2006 AIChe Conference | | | AIChe, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created September 25, 2006, Updated February 19, 2017