Dangerous bacteria is showing up in school water systems, reminding all buildings reopening amid COVID-19 to check the pipes

Source:, September 8, 2020
By: Caitlin R. Proctor & Andrew J. Whelton

As schools cautiously reopen for the fall semester, several have discovered potentially harmful bacteria in their water systems. Parents are likely concerned about what this means for their children, and other districts may be checking their own water’s safety.

As researchers who investigate water quality in buildings, we warned earlier this year that the pandemic stay-at-home orders could allow bacteria and harmful metals to accumulate in water as it sat unused in buildings’ pipes. Read more.

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