A naturally occurring bacteria, Legionella forms easily in water systems. Besides lakes and streams, these bacteria can also form easily in hot water systems, spas and Jacuzzis and hot tubs. The environment of warm water in hot tubs is ideal for legionella to grow. They can also be found in decorative water fountains, plumbing systems and cooling towers. Any water system which stores water below the temperature of 65 degrees Celsius and above -20 degrees Celsius should be tested routinely for legionella.
Why should I test for Legionella?
People can develop legionella-related illnesses including Legionnaire’s Disease when they inhale minute water droplets that contain the bacteria. Every year, 8000 to 18,000 cases of Legionnaire’s Disease are reported in the United States. Generally, people recover fairly well if this disease is treated with antibiotics. But it is a form of pneumonia so, in some cases it can be fatal. Legionnaire’s Disease does not spread from person to person. But if many people drink from the same contaminated source, it is possible that they can be affected.
This is why regular testing should be carried out. Aquacert provides you with a range of tests that are suited for a variety of places and situations including dentists’ surgeries, spas, hot tubs and so on. Choose one that best suits your property and send us samples in the sterile bottles provided. These uncomplicated tests make it a hassle-free process and you are also provided with a certificate. This is especially useful for landlords and property owners. The results are also stored in our system and can be referred to at any time. The testing process can take up to 10 days and we will get in touch with you via the phone with your results.
Not all people are susceptible to contracting Legionella-related illnesses. Those that are at high risk for these illnesses include persons above the age of 50, those who are smokers or have chronic lung diseases and also those whose immune systems have already been weakened.
Water systems that test positive for legionella can easily be treated in a number of ways. Some commonly used methods include treating the water with mild doses of chlorine, heat and even UV radiation. Besides giving you a simple and scientific method of sampling and testing, Aquacert is also happy to suggest safe water treatment methods. For more information on testing, visit https://www.aquacert.co.uk/legionella-testing-kits-uk/