Viega announces water quality seminars

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Wichita, Kan. — Viega is extending its free training course on reducing the risk of microbial growth in commercial plumbing systems in five locations throughout the U.S.

The training course is part of Viega’s water quality campaign, a domestic and global initiative aimed at educating the industry and providing system solutions to help maintain water quality for commercial potable water systems.

“These seminars are an excellent opportunity for engineers to learn about waterborne pathogens and new design strategies to reduce the risk of microbial growth for commercial potable water systems,” said Derek Bower, product director, metal systems, Viega. “This is all part of Viega’s commitment to promote safe water throughout the U.S. and around the planet.”

Viega’s water quality campaign focuses on the Viega system solutions to help the engineering community design systems that minimize the risk of waterborne pathogens. Promoting hot water recirculation and keeping water at the correct temperature can help reduce the opportunity for bacteria to colonize. Different types of common bacteria such as Legionella, found in drinking water systems, can cause illness or death.

Titled, “Pathogen Control by Design,” the one-day training course is co-presented by Jason McKinnon, director of training, Viega, and Tim Keane, consultant with Legionella Risk Management Inc., who is one of the country’s leading experts in methods to control and minimize the risk of Legionella. Keane has 25 years of experience in industrial and commercial water treatment consulting, focusing on waterborne pathogen control, and regularly makes presentations on ground breaking issues related to Legionnaires’ disease. He has presented at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) 2012 Water Quality Technology Conference, the International Emerging Technology Symposium and the 2014 American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) Convention.

The course will cover case studies of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks, Legionella guidelines and standards from a liability perspective, and design factors that impact pathogen control. Where applicable, continuing education credits are available.

The 2015 course schedule is offered in Miami, Fla. on March 19; in Washington, D.C. on May 12; in Chicago, Ill. on July 21; in Houston, Tex. on September 1 and in New York City on October 22.

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