Chem-Aqua launched its 'Legionella Europe' innovation project in May 2015 with a view to leading and shaping a market in Legionella Control in each country we operate.
As part of this initiative, Chem-Aqua Technical Marketing Managers from across Europe have recently been trained and awarded a UK Water Management Society City and Guilds Accreditation in Legionella Risk Assessment. This examination is the only specific qualification in this subject. The UK has for a long time lead the way in designing control measures to combat the disease known as Legionnaires' disease which can result from water being contaminated with Legionella bacteria.
We are now in a unique position for a multinational water treatment company to have trained experts embedded in many of the countries we operate in. We now have experts in UK, Ireland, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland and Italy.
Under certain environmental conditions, any water system could become a source for Legionella bacteria.
Legionella bacteria are common in lakes, ponds and rivers; however outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease rarely originate from these sources. Outbreaks of the illness occur from exposure to Legionella growing in purpose-built systems such as: cooling towers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools. Water in these systems is maintained at a temperature high enough to encourage growth. Humidifiers, air washers, emergency showers and ornamental fountains also pose a risk for Legionella bacteria growth.
If your system has a water temperature between 20-45°C, stores/re-circulates water, is likely to contain a source of nutrients (sludge, scale or fouling) or spreads breathable droplets e.g. aerosol created by a cooling tower or water outlets then your system is at risk of Legionella.
NCH Chem-Aqua has extensive experience in the provision and implementation of Legionella control. We provide:
- Risk assessment
- Chemical and service provision – cooling systems
- Analytical services: microbiological and chemical
- Monitoring and control programs