Comprehensive and Defensible Water Management Programs


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Common Questions about Comprehensive and Defensible Water Management Programs


What is a Phigenics Comprehensive and Defensible Water Management Program?

A Comprehensive and Defensible Water Management Program (WMP) is the process by which the safety and efficiency of a facility’s potable and utility water systems is managed in an on-going, dynamic way that follows the guidance of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188.


What if your organization already has a water plan for your facility?

If you already have a water safety plan for your facility, on-going verification and validation of the plan (in line with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188) ensures that the plan is being implemented as designed and controlling the hazards.


Does our facility need a WMP?

Whether you’re in healthcare, hospitality, education or manufacturing, a Comprehensive and Defensible WMP is the industry-standard method to ensure the safety and efficiency of any sufficiently large plumbing system.


Does a WMP require Legionella testing?

Although the ANSI/ASHRAE
Standard 188 document does not require testing for Legionella or other pathogens, it does require validation of your program. The most defensible method for validation of a WMP is both environmental testing and clinical surveillance.


How do I know if our existing plan is properly implemented?

A WMP is designed to manage the water in a facility in ways that are measurable and meant to be documented. If there is no data being collected routinely (and verified, as recommended in ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188), the existing plan might not be implemented correctly.


How do I keep track of all of my WMP information?

Managing a WMP can be a challenge when the documents and information are not easy to locate or work with. Phigenics has addressed this issue for our clients by developing a secure data management platform that stores all WMP documents, meeting notes, team information and decisions, and program details. The platform also allows for data entry and is a powerful tool for the verification and validation of a WMP.


How can an independent water management expert provide value?

Phigenics’ involvement with clients in various industries, and its INDEPENDENT position in the market, allow us to provide guidance and recommendations supported by data and the most current industry best practices.


Can my organization create its own WMP?

Yes. The WMP is always under your organization's ownership and responsibility. As long as you follow the process that is described in ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188, you can be confident that your program is meeting industry best practices. Utilizing a third-party service provider can help add confidence to your decisions, but they should never be the sole author of your program.

How are Phigenics WMPs More Defensible than the WMPs of our Competitors?

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Have any of these?


A centralized hot water system

(like a hotel or high-rise apartment complex)


More than 10 stories


A healthcare facility, retirement home, assisted-living facility, or hospital


Cooling tower(s)


Centrally installed: Mister atomizer, air washer or humidifier


Decorative fountains or hot tub/spas

Then you need a water management program

that is aligned with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2018 and CDC Water Management Toolkit.

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7 steps of the Comprehensive and Defensible Water Management Program.

- 1 - Form a Team

- 2 - Develop Program Goals

- 3 - Describe Water Systems

- 4 - Analyze Water Systems for Safety & Efficiency

- 5 - Specify Control Locations, Control Limits, Monitoring and Corrective Actions

- 6 - Develop Verification Strategy

- 7 - Develop Validation Strategy


Disclaimer icon Defensible documentation is essential and required in all steps

Comprehensive and Defensible Water Management Programs

Phigenics is the leading INDEPENDENT provider of ANSI/ASHRAE 188-aligned water management programs proven to: optimize total cost, improve safety and efficiency, and achieve defensibility.
Phigenics does not sell water treatment chemicals and is not biased toward any particular water treatment technology or supplier.

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Industry-Leading WMP Expert Support & Training

Gain access to the right experts when you need them, whether onsite or remote.

  • Comprehensive system audits of potable and utility water systems focused on cost savings, water safety improvements or both.
  • Creation, implementation and ongoing management of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-aligned WMPs.
  • Alignment with new standards that are focused on preventing Legionellosis from building water systems (CMS S&C 17-30).
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  • Evaluation of water treatment supplier performance.
  • Analysis and standardization of water treatment practices across multiple facilities.
  • Facilitation of evidence-based decision-making for supplementary disinfection needs and treatment options, specific to each building water system.
  • Analysis of validation and other data types to provide ongoing expert guidance.

Verification of Performance

Access all of your essential water management information such as water quality monitoring from any online connected device.

  • Drive proactive and predictive management of key water systems.
  • Receive alert notifications when systems are outside of specification.
  • Access and store laboratory reports, regulatory compliance reports and WMP documentation in one convenient location.
  • Compare the performance of systems, facilities and vendors.
  • Analyze water management metrics for individual systems or aggregate across multiple systems, facilities or vendors.
  • Manually input any measurement or data element.
  • Automatically monitor sensor and meter readings in analog, digital, pulse or ModBus data formats.
  • Integrate with building automation systems.

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  • Expert Support and Training
  • Verification of Performance
  • Validation of Results

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Why Phigenics?

Phigenics is a pioneer in preventing disease and injury caused by bacteria and other hazards in building water and improving the financial performance of organizations that process and use water. We provide independent, expert guidance to individuals responsible for facility management, infection prevention, sustainability, health and safety.
Our services ensure legally defensible best practices by focusing on verification and validation, water system performance to protect capital assets and reduction of operating expenses.


Validation of Results

Validate the results of your hazard control program through accredited environmental testing and reporting services.

  • Faster: Culturing occurs at “time zero” (t = 0) and results are typically communicated 2-4 days after receipt in the lab.
  • More Accurate: Variations due to changes in water samples during shipment are entirely eliminated.
  • More Comprehensive: Legionella bacteria and total heterotrophic aerobic bacteria (THAB) are obtained from the same sample with one protocol.
  • PVT test products include the Phigenics patented TimeZeroTM method, Next Day Legionella PCRTM and the ISO 11731 spread plate method.
  • Results are reported electronically with digital images and chain of custody records and are automatically archived in phiAnalyticsTM, providing 24/7 access to results.
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Phigenics Analytical Services Laboratories (PASL) are certified as proficient in the Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation (ELITE) program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for using the Phigenics Patented PVT Tests and the ISO 11731 spread plate method. Phigenics is an EPA-NELAP-certified laboratory for the analysis of drinking water and provides a wide range of other testing services for biohazards such as Pseudomonas, Stenotrophomonas, Acinetobacter, Mycobacterium, Aspergillus and Fusarium. Phigenics also provides complete testing services required by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Empowering your Comprehensive and Defensible Water Management Program

phiAnalyticsTM is a cloud-based information management system designed to enable enterprise and facility water management teams from healthcare, hospitality, government, commercial and manufacturing industries to achieve regulatory alignment (ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188 and CMS S&C 17-30), prevent disease and injury from Legionella and other pathogens, improve water and energy efficiency, and optimize the total cost of water systems.


phiAnalyticsTM empowers teams to Collaborate, Document, Verify and Validate.



phiAnalyticsTM empowers collaboration among enterprise and facility water management teams.



phiAnalyticsTM empowers water management teams to efficiently and effectively create and store all WMP information.



phiAnalyticsTM empowers water management teams to verify the program performance.



phiAnalyticsTM empowers water management teams to validate program effectiveness.

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