Through technology and innovation, we’re executing major capital projects designed to yield decades of energy. However, water scarcity resulting from persistent drought and declining water quality are causing problems that the plumbing trade, plumbing engineers, building and facility managers, health officials, and even the public-at-large need to be aware of in order to mitigate the potential for opportunistic pathogens to thrive in premise plumbing and infect at-risk building occupants.
Brad Allenby , President’s Professor, and Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering; Director, Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management / Arizona State University.
Tracking more than 150 different technologies and using our own Emerging Tech Focus tool and method we identified those that are likely to make the biggest impact over the next five years or so. As part of that process, we took into account criteria including: the speed of tech take-up; the scale of public and private investment; the potential for the technology to go mainstream; its global reach; its technical viability; and its industry relevance across more than one sector.
Mitigating Opportunistic Pathogen Outbreaks from Water in Premise Plumbing Systems Panel Discussion: Dr. Mark Edwards, Virginia Tech University; Dr. Jamie Bartram, The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina; Dr. Janet Stout, Special Pathogens Laboratory; Tim Keane, Consulting Engineer, Principal Legionella Risk Management; Gary Klein, President, Gary Klein and Associates; Dr. Andrew Whelton, Associate Professor, Purdue University.
The technologies driving each of the 8 developments may be different, but they are increasingly being used in combination to do even more to save money and time, reduce errors, speed up processes, and – in several cases – replace or augment human abilities.