The Berlin Water Company (BWB) is one of the biggest companies in Germany specialized in delivering and cleaning of water. 4.000 employees supply from nine water plants more than 200 million cubic meters best quality drinking water and clean approximately 245 million cubic meters sewage water in their six wastewater treatment plants per year. To guarantee safe water, BWB’s lab analyzes 20.000 samples yearly. The early detection of Legionella is becoming important. As in Switzerland, Germany faces an increase in the Legionnaire’s disease for the last years. According to the Robert Koch Institute, a German federal government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention, there are more fatalities due to this disease than from road accidents.
“We were looking for a solution to diagnose the Legionella concentration as fast as possible”, says Uta Böckelmann, head of BWB’s accredited laboratory. The Legionella fast test from rqmicro meets all the requirements and is currently introduced. In the future, BWB plans to use the tests regularly for drinking water systems in 200 buildings.