Contamination and decontamination of building plumbing systems

Stephen Treado, Mark Kedzierski, Stephanie Watson, Kenneth Cole

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Measurements of various chemical and biological contaminants added to water supply systems indicate that there is a potential for contaminant accumulation on pipe materials and in building plumbing systems. Some contaminant accumulations may be eliminated by flushing with clean water, while others may require more aggressive applications of cleaners and/or disinfectants. Further research is underway to determine the most effective methods for decontaminating building plumbing systems while avoiding damage to the plumbing system components. The presence of naturally occurring biofilms and chemical deposits magnifies the decontamination challenges, due to their interactions with the contaminants and cleaning substances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2006 AIChE Annual Meeting
StatePublished - 2006
Event2006 AIChE Annual Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 12 2006Nov 17 2006

Publication series

NameAIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings


Other2006 AIChE Annual Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Chemistry


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