Legionella: The Silent Threat in Our Water Systems

In our daily lives, water is a fundamental necessity, one that we often take for granted. We expect that the water flowing from our taps is safe and clean. Yet lurking within the labyrinthine water systems of our buildings is a potential silent threat known as Legionella.

What is Legionella?

Legionella is a type of bacterium found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. Trouble arises when Legionella enters man-made water systems such as hot tubs, cooling towers, and large plumbing systems. The bacteria thrives in warm water and, under the right conditions, can multiply and pose a serious health risk.

Why is it a threat?

When Legionella grows and multiplies in a building water system, that contaminated water can spread in droplets small enough for people to breathe in. If inhaled, Legionella can cause a severe form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires’ disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in ten people who get sick from Legionnaires’ disease will die due to complications from their illness.

How does it spread?

Legionella bacteria can be dispersed into the air in a fine mist or aerosol—a process known as aerosolisation—from a variety of sources. These sources may include showers, faucets, hot tubs, cooling towers, fountains, and certain medical equipment. People can get sick if they inhale this aerosol, especially if their immune system is weakened due to age, illness, or medications.

To quell the menace of Legionella, prevention is paramount. At RS Eco World, we’ve engineered products that proactively deter Legionella’s proliferation in water systems, drastically curtailing the risk of Legionnaires’ disease. Our innovative solutions include:

  • Regular Monitoring: Our products facilitate routine testing, ensuring any semblance of risk is promptly identified.
  • Efficient Disinfection: Harnessing potent disinfectants, we ensure water systems remain inhospitable for Legionella.
  • Optimal Water Temperatures: Our solutions maintain water temperatures beyond Legionella’s comfort zone, stifling its growth.
  • System Maintenance and Design: Our products champion the principles of sound design and periodic maintenance, further fortifying defences against the bacteria.

The Imperative for Businesses and Institutions

Entities operating large establishments, be it hotels, medical facilities, care institutions, or office complexes, are legally mandated to comprehend and manage Legionella risks. This extends beyond mere risk assessment to enacting, and periodically reviewing, requisite control measures. 

Indeed, Legionella, the concealed menace, mandates vigilance. With increased vigilance, meticulous risk management, and our cutting-edge solutions, we can prevent its spread, safeguarding the health of all building users.