Toolkit: Developing a Legionella Water Management Program

Key points

  • Water management programs (WMPs) can reduce the risk for Legionella growing and spreading within water systems and devices.
  • This toolkit aims to explain which buildings and devices need a Legionella WMP.
  • It also describes the key elements of a WMP and how to develop one.
Cover of a toolkit about developing a water management program to reduce Legionella growth and spread in buildings.

About the toolkit

A practical guide to implementing industry standards

Many buildings need a WMP to reduce the risk for Legionella growing and spreading within their water system and devices. Legionella WMPs are now an industry standard for many buildings in the United States. This toolkit aims to provide an easy-to-understand interpretation of those standards.

Scope of the toolkit

The toolkit includes:

  • A simple yes/no worksheet to determine Legionella risk for
    • Entire buildings
    • Certain devices
  • A basic review of the elements of a Legionella WMP
  • Scenarios describing and responding to common water quality problems
  • Special sections and considerations for healthcare facilities

Who should use these tools

This toolkit is intended for use by building owners and managers.


CDC welcomes feedback on this toolkit. Email with your thoughts and suggestions.