New coronavirus health concern as colleges reopen: Contaminated water sitting in pipes

Jordan Nutting, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on June 24, 2020

Three months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic forced universities to close their doors. With no students, faculty or staff washing their hands and drinking from water fountains, the plumbing has gone almost as unused as the buildings themselves.

That’s a problem. Stagnant water in buildings made long-vacant amid coronavirus concerns is a health risk.

"Plumbing is meant to be used," said Andrew Whelton, an associate professor of civil engineering at Purdue University in Indiana.

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