Effects of Pipe Material, Water Flow and Chemistry on the Building Plumbing Microbiome

Investigator: Anisha Patel, MD
Sponsor: Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Location(s): United States


The researchers will sample distinct building plumbing field observatories installed at five potable water utilities across the eastern region of the U.S. and examine the effects of a range of water usage (frequency and flow velocity) and temperature scenarios in parallel laboratory systems. Both methods will enable broad comparison of water chemistry and pipe materials under controlled, replicated conditions.