New water testing rules for Michigan hospitals after Flint Legionella outbreak

In addition, officials are looking at updated guidelines for building operators to mirror the standards developed by a national industry group that require building owners and managers to conduct annual surveys to look out for Legionella bacteria risks

The AP is reporting that Michigan officials are considering new water testing rules of hospitals and possible changed to how large facilities manage their water systems that could include new monitoring requirements.

State officials are analyzing Michigan’s public health code in terms of “the requirement and enforcement of water testing in hospitals and other facilities,” Jason Moon, a spokesman for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, told The Associated Press.

In addition, officials are looking at updated guidelines for building operators to mirror the standards developed by a national industry group that require building owners and managers to conduct annual surveys to look out for Legionella bacteria risks and develop plans to control it.

Both are part of the response by Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration to the surge in Legionnaires’ cases after Flint switched its water source in 2014 from the Detroit water system to the Flint River water that wasn’t properly treated.

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