Call for Abstracts

The goal of this conference is to provide a unique opportunity for health care facilities, water utilities, health departments, industry professionals and regulators to work together to identify best practices for the prevention of waterborne disease. We invite any qualified person that has valuable information on this topic to submit an abstract to be considered as a presenter.


The conference is accepting abstracts for podium and poster presentations on a rolling basis.

Feel free to submit your abstract(s) at any time until further notice.

Acceptable Presentation Topics

All abstract(s) must address one or more of the following topics:

  • Preventing health care-associated waterborne disease outbreaks
    • Case studies of effective water management programs in health care
    • Examples of collaboration and communication between departments
    • Verification and validation to reduce liability and manage risk
  • Infection prevention in sterile processing
    • Waterborne hazards associated with medical devices
    • Procedures for safe usage, storage, cleaning and disinfection
    • Water quality requirements
  • Sampling strategies
    • Where, how and why
    • Validation responses
    • Effective methodologies
  • Lessons learned from conducting investigations (surveillance and reporting)
    • Organizing outbreak investigations
    • Policies for identifying the source of an outbreak
    • Communicating risks regarding outbreaks
  • Reducing energy and water demand while managing waterborne disease risks
    • Plumbing design requirements for low-flow systems and the national research agenda
    • Alternative water sources (e.g. greywater reuse)
  • Design, commissioning, construction and renovations
    • Implementing effective control measures when constrained by codes or regulations
  • Regulatory frameworks for managing waterborne disease risks in building water systems
    • North American requirements
    • International requirements
  • Case studies regarding use of treatment and processing technologies
    • Thermal or supplemental chemical disinfection
    • Non-chemical disinfection
    • POU filtration
    • Inline filtration
    • Remediation
  • Litigation, liability and insurance underwriting trends

Abstract Submittal

Abstracts must include a title, 100-250-word abstract, author name(s) and contact information. Please submit your abstract by using the form below. If you have more than one abstract, please fill out a separate form for each one.

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