Smart Faucets to manage
stagnant water risks
Stagnant water in building water distribution systems is not just a risk for healthcare facilities with immunocompromised populations – it is a concern for any facility that serves
the public on a regular basis. Facility and building managers are
increasingly tasked with researching, adopting and implementing
“best management” practices to manage risk and many are short
on knowledge, manpower and technology to do so. With so much
conflicting information out there, and limited manpower, knowledge
and resources, it is sometimes difficult to know the best options. New
automatic sensor faucets recently launched by Sloan can be a significant
aid to stagnant water risk management plans.
Sloan invented automatic sensor faucets in 1974 to meet the public’s
desire to avoid touching fittings and fixtures in public bathrooms. It took
more than a decade for the public to learn how to use automatic sensor
faucets and early adoption was slow. Fast forward to 2019. The spec
rate in commercial buildings is now around 60 percent – up from 28
percent just 4 years ago and still growing. Automatic sensor faucets are
one of the fastest growing segments in commercial plumbing.
As the #1 supplier of sensor faucets for commercial applications with
the most widely specified units in the world today (and more installed
sensor faucets than any other brand) Sloan has been able to leverage
experience and technology to meet tomorrow’s requirements. In August
2018 Sloan launched its new Optima faucet product line to bring wireless
technology to the commercial restroom.
Customers with large public facilities – including hospitals, hotels
and convention centers – were increasingly concerned by having to
balance LEED requirements mandating low flow rates with stagnant
water mitigation efforts. Despite significant investment in recirculation
systems and sophisticated water management systems, many facilities
have found that the last few feet of pipe to fittings like faucets is the main
obstacle to proper stagnant water management. They also found that
lower flows have led to increasingly frequent drain blockages from soap
and other residue build-up in p-traps. The combination of stagnant water
in the last few feet of pipe, slow drains and p-trap odor from residue
buildup motivated Sloan to design a solution that was easy to manage,
provided actual data upon which to make decisions, and did not cost any
more than its current line of sensor faucets.
The new Sloan Optima automatic sensor faucets contain a secure
Blue Tooth transmitter in every control box. These connect with Apple
and Android SmartPhones to enable facility staff to use their devices
to wirelessly connect to faucets to adjust faucet settings, collect data
on water usage and number of activations, diagnose maintenance
issues, and other features without having to close off access to the
public, disassemble a sink, get on their backs or fiddle with controllers.
It also permits the facility to program a regular hygiene flush into the
faucets – with the flexibility to choose hygiene flush duration and interval
times. The settings are recorded and the flushes digitally documented
for reference by stagnant water management planners. By activating a
flush, the facility is bringing water with a disinfection residual into the line
to replace older water on a regular basis that may have lost its residual
disinfectant over time.
To learn more about the new Sloan Optima faucet product line please
visit www.sloan.com/optima-faucets or call 1-800-982-5839 to speak
to a Sloan representative.