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).
In case of a microbial outbreak the 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. On-site analysis on rqmicro.COUNT can provide results within 2 hours.
An effective outbreak management in buildings through:
Localize Legionella hot spots in large infrastructures
Immediately verify the success of hygiene measures
Fast release facilities for visitors and employees after down-time
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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