Most of us take the water coming out of our taps for granted. But it can contain a broad range of contaminants including pathogens such as Legionella which can be fatal.
Legionnaires disease is a killer but it was only identified as late as 1976 when 34 people died at an American Legion conference in Philadelphia. Then, in March 1999, an outbreak in the Netherlands saw 318 people became ill and at least 32 people died.
Up to 18,000 cases of Legionnaires disease occur each year in the United States, according to the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control. The legionella bacterium can thrive in water systems including air conditioning units, cooling towers, ice-making machines and showers and taps (faucets.)
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