Maintaining and Reopening Building Water Systems Impacted by Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation: Minimizing Legionella and Opportunistic Bacteria Growth

Official Message No.:111093-10-13-2021-PHUP
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A temporary shutdown or reduced operation of a building and reductions in normal water use can create an environment favorable for growth of Legionella and other opportunistic bacteria. Building owners and managers should take actions to ensure that water systems are well maintained during and after a prolonged shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water among returning occupants. The New Jersey Department of Health has developed recommendations for maintaining and reopening your facility, available at:

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