legionella

  • Are you taking Legionella seriously?

    Are YOU taking Legionella seriously? Are you taking the right precautions? Have you had a Legionella Risk Assessment to ascertain your risk? Do you know what you should be doing? If not – call us! At Waterchemist we find that people still don’t take the risk of Legionnaire’s Disease seriously. In fact for many businesses a Legionella Risk Assessment is a legal requirement. This is a disease that could still be fatal, as the following article from the BBC’s website …

    Posted at September 14, 2017 | By : | Categories : Blog,Legionella Risk Assessments,Legionella Testing
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Water Fountains and Legionnaires Disease

    Is it time to stop worrying about Legionnaires Disease? – No! Consider the small Spanish town of Mananares, south of Madrid.  It would appear that 235 people have been affected there by Legionnaires Disease.  3 have died and 10 are still in hospital. The local fountain is implicated. Legionella bacteria like warm water temperatures and Spain has warm temperatures. We do not generally have a problem with outdoor fountains in this country because the weather is cooler than in Spain …

    Posted at January 7, 2016 | By : | Categories : Blog
  • Tilly wants safe Drinking Water

    Tilly wants safe drinking water. Tilly wants safe drinking water for Christmas ! *   Drinking water that has been tested by Waterchemist Ltd *   Drinking water that is free from harmful bacteria *   Drinking water that she knows is safe to drink     Dogs, such as Tilly, can drink nearly any water.  Humans should not do that. Unpleasant bacteria, such as e.coli, can be found in water.  This can have a devastating effect on the human body. Waterchemist Ltd …

    Posted at December 9, 2015 | By : | Categories : Blog
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