Tips for safely reopening commercial buildings after COVID-19

May 28, 2020
Amid serious water quality concerns, Triple Clear Water Solutions offers guidance for ensuring water safety in office buildings, hotels & restaurants after Coronavirus closures

NEEDHAM, MA — Reopenings have started across all 50 states, and in a matter of weeks, many commercial buildings, including office buildings, hotels and restaurants, will become active again after weeks of being closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Triple Clear Water Solutions, a leader in commercial water filtration, offers the following tips for building managers, business owners and real estate developers to ward off potentially harmful drinking water conditions.

“Buildings that were closed or operating at reduced occupancy for the last few months due to Coronavirus restrictions create the perfect environment for bacteria and metal contaminants to infiltrate commercial plumbing systems,” said Patrick Verwys, Executive Vice President, Triple Clear Water Solutions. “In addition to establishing social distancing guidelines and new office procedures, we advise business owners, building managers and real estate developers to seriously consider implementing water safety procedures prior to reopening to keep their employees, tenants and customers safe.”

“Under-used or reduced-capacity water systems often lead to stagnant water in distribution channels and within buildings,” said 30-year water industry expert Michael Fehr, PhD, co-founder, Fehr Solutions, LLC. “This heightens the chance of bacterial growth within the building, including Legionella, as well as increased levels of metal contaminants like iron and lead due to corrosion from older pipes caused by stagnation. I strongly urge businesses reopening to have a plan for restoring their water systems, follow the CDC guidelines and consider adding water filtration systems that demonstrate removal of bacterial contaminants like Triple Clear’s, at point of entry or point of use.”

Triple Clear’s water filtration experts recommend that anyone reopening a building after COVID-19 closures take the following steps to ensure safe and clean water:

  • Start planning early. When reopening an under-occupied building, a systematic building flush should begin at least five days before your planned opening.
  • Do a full audit of the property. This includes checking the status of all domestic water and mechanical equipment, understanding the building occupants, and reviewing their plan to re-occupy.
  • Do a risk analysis at the full building level. Now is the time to test, test, test – it’s crucial to understand where the concerns lie building-wide so that you can address any issues before reopening.
  • Consider installing or updating filtration with the ability to remove biological hazards and other contaminants. At a time when there are many unknowns, installing a filter at the point of entry or point of use delivers peace of mind, acting as a firewall and first line of defense against harmful contaminants.
  • Keep your records updated at the building level. Flow rates, water temperatures, treatment cycles, and filter maintenance are just a few areas to target when updating your team’s water management program.

About Triple Clear Water Solutions

Triple Clear Water Solutions, Inc. (TCWS) is a water technology company that provides cost-effective and energy-optimized water filtration systems, delivering safe, clean and purified water for commercial, industrial and consumer markets. Triple Clear’s “plug-and-play” solutions are environmentally friendly and capable of solving both the most common and most difficult water purification challenges for potable water, wastewater and HVAC systems. The company’s trusted, commercial-grade water filtration solutions are used by global leaders in hospitality and in some of the most prestigious hospitals and medical facilities in the world. Triple Clear’s patented technologies are also available for at-home use. For more information, visit

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