North American plumbing organizations came together June 7 to discuss issues affecting the plumbing community, focusing on the recent study by Johns Hopkins University staff on electronic hands-free faucets.
According to the study, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine examined bacterial growth from faucets of two clinical wards within
Johns Hopkins Hospital from December 2008 through January 2009. Cultures
obtained from the faucets showed 50 percent of water cultures from electronic
faucets grew Legionella, compared to 15 percent of water cultures from manual
Meeting participants reviewed the Johns Hopkins presentation based on the
limited public information available and came to a number of conclusions and
One conclusion is the use of electronic faucets provides a significant benefit
by reducing the potential of cross-contamination from faucet handles to
health-care providers’ hands. The group will develop a separate position
statement on the use of electronic faucets for future release.
Plumbing Organizations Respond To Hands-Free Faucets Study
August 1, 2011