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  • Legionella testing in care homes

    It is so important that the water systems in Care Homes are regularly tested. If you have someone you love in a Care Home or you are looking for Care Home provision, make sure to ask the Care Home Owner or Manager when was the last time their water was tested for Legionella which can lead on to the killer disease, which is Legionnaires Disease.  To be absolutely sure, ask to see their water test certificates.  If they are out …

    Posted at October 17, 2016 | By : | Categories : Blog,Legionella Risk Assessments,Legionella Testing
  • Legionnaires disease and water temperatures

    Legionnaires disease and water temperatures ‘Legionnaires disease‘ !  You will probably see these words, groan and delete. Please don’t because the following is very important. The legionella bacteria are still out there lurking in your showerheads.  They are also lurking in hot water storage vessels where the water is not hot enough.  This enables the legionella bacteria to establish themselves.  The legionella bacteria are very hard to get rid of once they have gained a “toehold”.   The average bacterium is finished …

    Posted at September 18, 2016 | By : | Categories : Blog
  • Another Legionella warning !

    Another Legionella warning ! You are probably fed up with these Legionella warnings but there is another aspect to Legionella prevention that may not be widely known. Recently several organisations have been criticised because they did not have “a competent person” to manage the risk of Legionella in their hot and cold water systems. Please make sure that you have a “competent person” specified within your Legionella prevention strategies. This little bit of information could be of great help to …

    Posted at August 15, 2016 | By : | Categories : Blog,Legionella Risk Assessments,Legionella Testing
  • Uncertain times but not for legionella!

    Yes. These are uncertain times ~ but not for legionella! What are the legionella bugs up to in these uncertain times. We have had a Referendum! The UK has a new Prime Minister! Meanwhile, what are the legionella bugs doing? It is all going on but quietly in the background.  Water bacteria, particularly Legionella Pneumophila (Legionnaires Disease), are still going about their business so water testing must continue. Businesses that have water facilities must still have a Legionella Risk Assessment.  It is …

    Posted at July 7, 2016 | By : | Categories : Blog
  • Water storage tanks and summer holidays

    Water storage tanks and the summer holidays It is possible that you could have one or more water storage tanks in the roof, often where you cannot easily see them.  The water tanks should be inspected and if necessary, cleaned.  With the summer holidays approaching, this could be a good time for inspecting and cleaning the water storage tanks. We can do this. Many water treatment companies do not like this sort of work.  We do . . . and …

    Posted at June 16, 2016 | By : | Categories : Blog
  • Legionella Risk Assessment

    Legionella Risk Assessment   (LRA)  . . . Please be aware that many Local Authorities are now insisting that properties within their jurisdiction have a Legionella Risk Assessment, often referred to as an LRA.  Properties and businesses, such as schools, nursing homes, restaurants, hotels, cafes, pubs, in fact any business that has employees and/or the public that use their water facilities. Be aware that many people have jumped on the band wagon and are now offering Legionella Risk Assessments, or LRA‘s, …

    Posted at May 19, 2016 | By : | Categories : Blog,Legionella Testing
  • The water tank with its own carpet

    Yes.  A water tank with its own carpet ! Yes.  The water tank had its own carpet!!  I came across a water tank that instead of a proper cover, a carpet was placed over the tank.  Over many years the carpet had gradually slipped into the water and had dispersed. The contaminated water was being used by students in the student accommodation.  The tank was obviously immediately condemned for the safety of the students. Students are famous, or infamous, for …

    Posted at April 14, 2016 | By : | Categories : Blog
  • Have you got biofilms?

    What are biofilms?   Biofilms are layers of usually, harmless bacteria found inside water pipes and on water tank sides. Sometimes, you can touch the inside wall of a tank and it feels “slippery”.  This is due to the presence of biofilms. Biofilms do not usually cause a problem but they can act as a nutrient for other bacteria, for example, legionella. If biofilms are found in a tank, they can be removed by chlorination which we can organise for you. …

    Posted at March 17, 2016 | By : | Categories : Blog
  • Campsites. Owners and managers. Is your water safe for your clients?

    Campsites.  Owners and managers.  Is your water safe for your clients? Hopefully, the weather is about to improve and you will soon be having visitors to your campsites. After the winter months:- –  is the water system safe to use? –  the water systems may have stood unused during winter. –   what have the water bacteria been up to? –  are the water storage tanks, if you have them, clean? –  are the showerheads descaled and sanitised? –  is there …

    Posted at March 9, 2016 | By : | Categories : Blog
  • Is Pontiac fever a variety of Legionnaire’s disease

    Yes.  Pontiac fever is a variety of Legionnaire’s disease. Pontiac fever is caused by the same bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease. If you are an hotelier or if you run a business that has showers or a hot tub, do not get caught out with Pontiac fever. This hotelier did . . . A hotel owner in the UK was fined thousands of pounds recently for not looking after his hot tub correctly.  Many of his clients ended up with a variation of Legionnaire’s …

    Posted at February 1, 2016 | By : | Categories : Blog
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