Environmental Policy

Cwiertny Co-Authors Study on Drinking Water in Buildings Unused During Pandemic

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David Cwiertny, director of the Public Policy Center's (PPC) Environmental Policy Research Program, helped co-author, "Considerations for Large Building Water Quality after Extended Stagnation," that studies the results of extended stagnation of water pipes, as buildings sit largely unused during the COVID-19 pandemic. When occupants return to buildings and begin using the water again, there is a potential for excessive amounts of lead, copper, or bacteria to have built up in the water. 

The paper is in the pre-publication stage, but and has not yet been peer-reviewed, but it does offer tips for risk and property managers. To read more in Canadian Underwriter, click here.

Cwiertny is a senior research fellow in residence at the PPC, the director of the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC), and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research interests include water sustainability, stressors of water quality and water quantity, and fate and effects of emerging pollutant classes.