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Water treatment Swindon – Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by legionella bacteria including the most serious Legionnaires’ disease, as well as the similar but less serious conditions of Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. The risk increases with age but some people are at higher risk including:

  • people over 45 years of age
  • smokers and heavy drinkers
  • people suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease
  • diabetes, lung and heart disease
  • anyone with an impaired immune system

The bacterium Legionella pneumophila and related bacteria are common in natural water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but usually in low numbers. They may also be found in purpose-built water systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools.

If conditions are favourable, the bacteria may grow increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease and it is therefore important to control the risks by introducing appropriate measures outlined in Legionnaires’ disease – The Control of Legionella bacteria in water systems (L8).

Legionella bacteria are widespread in natural water systems, e.g. rivers and ponds. However, the conditions are rarely right for people to catch the disease from these sources. Outbreaks of the illness occur from exposure to legionella growing in purpose-built systems where water is maintained at a temperature high enough to encourage growth, e.g. cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools used in all sorts of premises (work and domestic).

How do people get it?

People contract  Legionnaires’ disease by inhaling small droplets of water (aerosols), suspended in the air, containing the bacteria. Certain conditions increase the risk from legionella if:

  • the water temperature in all or some parts of the system may be between 20-45 °C, which is suitable for growth
  • it is possible for breathable water droplets to be created and dispersed e.g. aerosol created by a cooling tower, or water outlets
  • water is stored and/or re-circulated
  • there are deposits that can support bacterial growth providing a source of nutrients for the organism e.g. rust, sludge, scale, organic matter and biofilms

Cases of Legionnaires’ disease are often the result of infections caught in the UK, but a number of cases occur abroad.

The symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease are similar to the symptoms of the flu:

  • high temperature, feverishness and chills;
  • cough;
  • muscle pains;
  • headache; and leading on to
  • pneumonia, very occasionally
  • diarrhoea and signs of mental confusion

Legionnaires’ disease is not known to spread from person to person.

The illness is treated with an antibiotic called erythromycin or a similar antibiotic.

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Centraheat can carry out a detailed risk assessment of your property / premesis to identify low, medium and high-risk situations. All work carried out to ACoP L8

We work closely with microbiologists to identify the presence of legionella bacteria

Assist you to Implement control measures

All remedial action as a result of a risk assessment. Tank replacement, water softeners, and pipework to meet by-law 30 standards

Inspection and maintenance of cold and hot water systems

Calorifier maintenance and disinfection

Provide and maintain logbook maintenance programmes

Full system disinfection with certificate of completion

Members of the LCA (Legionella control association).

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