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Run your facilities on some high quality H2O

By FacilityDude
Feb 20, 2014

Facilities Management

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H20 You may not even realize it, but a secure supply of clean and treated water keeps your facilities afloat. Ready access to this liquid is essential - whether it be for providing your buildings' occupants with something to drink or cleaning your equipment.

Unlike more remote areas of the world, most portions of the United States find that water is abundant and easily available. With that said, you can't just walk outside your facility with a bucket and scoop yourself a bunch of creek water. There are health codes and industry standards in place to make sure that H2O is sanitary - free of any bacteria, chemicals and other potentially harmful substances.

According to Healthy Facilities Institute, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers and the Water Quality Association have recently joined forces for the sake of water. These groups have made it their mission to persuade more facilities to abide by water treatment standards.

Specifically, following WQA and ASPE regulations will help you and your FM staff ensure that your water supply will be properly filtered and treated. Not to mention, referencing these organizations' codes can increase sustainability when it comes to your facilities' ability to access and use this liquid in the long run.

Man and machine benefit from clean water

Making an effort to guarantee that there is pristine water running throughout your facilities is important for a variety of reasons. First of all, you, your staff members and your customers have this funny habit of becoming thirsty. If you don't check to see that your water is treated, you may be putting everyone's health at risk.

Even though you are tapped into public water systems, you want to take some personal initiative by regularly testing your water to be on the safe side. With the help MaintenanceEdge, you will be able to schedule consistent water supply inspections, which will prevent any occupants from downing liquid that is full of microbes or dangerous materials.

FMLink explained that you also probably want to put a little extra effort into treating your water for maintenance purposes. H2O has the potential to shorten the lifespan of your facilities' machinery, if it contains certain compounds. To prevent this from happening, you should invest in special equipment that can take all of hard minerals and ions out of your water. You will find that if you use water softeners, the maintenance tracking features of your FacilityDude software will probably show that your mechanical systems hold up a lot longer.

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