Outbreak Management

Facility Management

Water systems and cooling systems can provide favorable conditions for the growth of Legionella and other bacteria that pose a threat to human health. Reliable water microbiology monitoring is required to protect people, prevent outbreaks and better maintain the infrastructure.

Legionella bacteria are present in small quantities in soil, rivers and lakes. Artificial water systems can, however, create very favorable conditions for the growth of Legionella. Typical locations of Legionella outbreaks are stagnant warm water pipes, showers, hot tubs, swimming pools and spas. Legionella pneumophila is species of Legionella that causes between 80-90% of diagnosed cases of Legionnaire’s disease, which is a severe bacterial pneumonia (1).

What to Do in Case of an Outbreak?

Speed and reliable results matter.

In a typical situation, a technical facility manager takes water samples at defined water sampling points throughout the facility. Samples are provided for rqmicro.COUNT analysis on-site or sent to the lab.

If contamination has been detected, typical measures include temporary closing of affected rooms, replacement of affected shower heads, water flushing and water treatment.

Equally, reliable and fast Legionella tests support the fast re-opening of facilities after unused periods or hygiene measures.

rqmicro.COUNT enables effective outbreak management in buildings through:
  • On-site testing on rqmicro.COUNT with results available immediately online
  • Localization of outbreaks to take targeted and effective measures
  • Assessing facilities after unused period or upon change of ownership
  • Fast reopening after successful measures 

The rqmicro Method Enables Facility Managers To:

Water quality control

Monitor bacteria in water systems almost in real-time

Legionella in the water

 Localize Legionella hot spots in large infrastructures

Legionella bacteria

 Assess potential Legionella issues upon real estate handover

Public and commercial buildings

 Release facilities for visitors and employees after down-time

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Why is it important to keep track of your water hygiene?
Why is it important to keep track of your water hygiene?

Reduction of health risks to employees, visitors, guests, patients. Bacterial contamination and Legionella outbreaks in water systems can lead to system downtime, damage to reputation and, above all, damage to human health.


Platform for convenient, fast and accurate bacteria detection in water.



1. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2020. Management of Legionella in Water Systems. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25474