Legionella Conference 2019

Legionella Conference 2019

Building Water Systems: The Sustainability and Public Health Nexus
September 11 – 13, 2019

Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
Los Angeles, California

Legionella Conference 2019 Press Release

Water Management Programs, Policies, Communication, and Regulation Needed to Stem Spread of Legionnaires’ Disease


The Legionella Conference, hosted by NSF International and the National Environmental Health Association, is a unique, annual event that focuses on emerging issues related to building water systems - and brings professionals together to work toward solutions.

The Legionella Conference 2019 theme, “Building Water Systems: The Sustainability and Public Health Nexus,” centers on how both industries can help align water and energy sustainability and public health goals. 

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“Organizing Legionella Outbreak Investigations”
Tuesday, September 10 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 11 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 12 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Keynote Speaker Announced

Pat Breysse, Ph.D., Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR), will deliver the keynote address at the Legionella Conference 2019.

Pat Breysse, Ph.D.

Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Pat Breysse joined the CDC in 2014 as Director of the National Center for Environmental Health Agency/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease. In 2017, the CDC published the Legionella toolkit, Developing a Water Management Program to Reduce Legionella Growth & Spread in Buildings. Under Dr. Breysse’s leadership, the CDC has prioritized work on exposure to lead and safe drinking water, initiated new actions to address exposure to hazardous chemicals and has played a critical role in the CDC’s emergency preparedness and response to natural disasters and chemical exposures.


Continuing Education

NEHA members can earn up to 24 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS) who attend the conference!

Qualifying participants will earn:

  • 16 CEUs for attending the full conference (September 11–13, 2019)
  • 8 CEUs for attending the pre-conference workshop, Organizing Legionella Outbreak Investigations (September 10, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST)

Why Should I Attend?

This event will bring together thought leaders from across the sustainability, public health, water management, water utility and academic communities. Working in collaboration with diverse stakeholders, we can develop systems to prevent illness associated with building water systems while meeting our sustainability goals.

Important topics include:

  • Creating a successful water management program
  • Advancing water reuse opportunities
  • Monitoring a successful water management program
  • Intersection of sustainability and public health for cooling towers
  • Water conservation goals and public health – responding to unintended consequences
  • Strategies for benchmarking building water systems for sustainability and public health outcomes
  • Legionella outbreak surveillance and response strategies – identifying best practices
  • Domestic hot water systems – safely and efficiently managing water temperatures
  • Plumbing design

Who Should Attend?

  • Facilities managers
  • Public health officials
  • Health care infection control personnel
  • Certified hygienists
  • Environmental consultants
  • Sustainability directors
  • Professionals interested in building water health



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