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Stay Safe Building Drainage 9 March 2020

John Herbert, hong kong energy saving expert, BEAM expert
John Herbert

So far Hong Kong Government advice from CHP press releases exclusively refer to household, meaning its only applicable to residential premises!

However, it is not just residential, non-domestic buildings don't have any immunity, ALL BUILDINGS including industrial, hospital, healthcare, commercial, office, institutional, and educational buildings, they all need safe and hygienic drainage sewerage systems to mitigate spreading of disease.

sample CHP COVID19 press release Click for larger image

Medical Doctors tell us that people with underlying illness are particularly susceptible, logically buildings for example, hopsitals, hospice, care homes, and the like require detailed attention.

Whilst some buildings are provided communal toilet facilities for each floor, and other buildings have individual toilet facilities in each unit, connected to a single drainage stack just like domestic flats.

Like SARS, and Legionella (which is bacteria) the novel coronavirus COVID19 can be transported inside water droplets, and depending on the air temperature and humidity, it is thought to be able to carry its virus package over longer distances, outside and inside buildings.

The novel coronavirus covid19 can be spread to different rooms on different floors of a building through the common drainage system evidenced by the Hong Kong cases.

And with favourable environmental conditions, the virus remains viable for some time on hard surfaces therefore handwashing is critical. Without liability, here is a useful list of household cleaning products, produced by the Singaporean government, for disinfection

If you are interested, here is a link to download our 2003 SARS report link

About the Author

John Herbert is a veteran chief engineer with more than 30 years international engineering experience, educated in the United Kingdom, he has worked in the United Kingdom and then across Asia for more than two decades engaged by international and local companies. He is a Hong Kong Registered Energy Assessor (REA), a BEAM Professional, and stationed in Hong Kong.


tags: novel coronavirus covid19, buildings, drainage, hygiene, precaution, u trap, p trap, condition survey, report, piping, plumbing, drains, sewerage

date: 01-12-20
kelcroft consultants hong kong