Responding to Low Building Water Use: Concerns and Best Practices for Facility Managers


May 07, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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With Covid-19 stay-at-home orders leaving many commercial buildings empty or at low occupancy for weeks, water safety is something that has to be carefully considered for reopening.  When water sits still, it can accumulate water contaminants -- including lead, copper, and other harmful organisms. There are actions building owners can take to maintain or improve water quality, and professional plumbers, contractors and facility managers may have a role to play.

During this webinar, Drs. Caitlyn Proctor and Andrew Whelton of Purdue University will provide information on considerations for water safety as we move toward gradually reopening facilities.  Time for questions and answers will be included.


Caitlin Proctor, Ph.D
Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellow, Schools of Civil, Environmental and Ecological, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University

Dr. Proctor has spent her career researching the microbiology of drinking water, with special interest in the growth of opportunistic pathogens like Legionella pneumophila and the development of biofilms in pipes. She earned her PhD in Switzerland after completing her bachelors and masters at Virginia Tech.

Andrew J. Whelton, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Ecological Engineering, Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University

Dr. Whelton has 20-years of experience in the private sector, with the U.S. Army, and at Virginia Tech, NIST, University of South Alabama, and Purdue. He currently leads a Building Plumbing Safety Initiative supported by the Environmental Protection Agency. He is working with Dr. Caitlin Proctor on a rapid response building water study to the COVID-19 pandemic. He earned bachelors, masters, and doctoral engineering degrees from Virginia Tech. A copy of this presentation will be posted at Purdue’s Center for Plumbing Safety,, where you can find more resources.

All registrants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting link.  Please contact Kerry Hacker, [email protected] with questions.


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