March 9, 2023

Waterborne Disease Persistence Highlights the Need for Non-Traditional Solutions

In the United States, one of the 20th century’s most significant health accomplishments was disinfecting our nation’s drinking water. This critical step helped prevent typhoid and Cholera from killing thousands in our country. Despite these efforts, many waterborne diseases still persist, such as Legionnaires’ disease (caused by Legionella bacteria) and Typhoid fever (caused by Salmonella). These diseases account for hundreds of deaths in the U.S. every year. The truth is water leaving treatment plants is […]
February 23, 2023

Water Quality Inaction Comes with a Hefty Cost

In the U.S., management of Legionella in community water systems occurs on an ad hoc basis, spanning from regulations requiring some buildings to have water management plans (including Legionella monitoring) and treatment outlines. Others, however, have zero requirements. Existing between these regulations is a range of codes, standards, and guidance documents that have been sporadically adopted and generally target high-risk situations known to cause Legionella growth. Unfortunately, this slew of official codes and standards can […]
January 17, 2023

New State Regulations Help Reduce the Risk of Legionella

2023 is looking like a landmark year for Legionnaires’ prevention, as efforts to protect Americans against this harmful disease are gaining traction across the country. Since the CDC doesn’t establish regulations regarding Legionella and the EPA doesn’t focus on water systems within buildings, state health officials are largely responsible for preventing Legionnaires’ disease. Fortunately, as of late 2022, several states introduced new regulations based on ASHRAE Standard 188, representing a big leap forward in Legionnaires’ […]
December 6, 2022

How Did Legionella Get in My Water System?

Since the year 2000, cases of Legionnaires’ Disease have been on the rise both around the world and here in the U.S. On our shores, it’s estimated that 25,000 people are afflicted by this disease every year. And those are just the cases we know about – often, Legionnaires’ Disease is underreported and under-diagnosed, so the true number of cases is most likely higher.  For the businesses, schools, and organizations affected by Legionnaires’, the cost […]
October 31, 2022

AquaMedix Cleanspray® Handshowers: The Optimal Choice for Removing Waterborne Pathogens

Working in the medical and care industry is complex – every day presents new challenges that hardworking staff must face. One of the toughest challenges regarding nursing homes, hospitals, acute care centers, and health care facilities is protecting patients from waterborne pathogens like Pseudomonas and Legionella that cause Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs). The simple truth is that every patient in these settings must bathe. However, because many patients have compromised immune systems and unique vulnerabilities, standard […]
September 29, 2022

Testing Your Water for Legionella

If your potable water has ANY amount of Legionella bacteria in the supply people are at risk of exposure. For example, residents of nursing homes or patients in hospitals often have compromised immune systems. This puts them at an increased risk of contracting Legionnaire’s disease if exposed to Legionella bacteria. They could develop serious illness, or sometimes, even fatal consequences. Test Your Facility Water Consistently to Stay in Control Contaminated water isn’t something to which […]
September 15, 2022

Where Does Legionella Come From?

You’ve probably heard about Legionnaires’ disease. It’s a form of pneumonia that can be deadly, especially for those with compromised immune systems. But you might not know where this disease comes from and how people get it. How People Get Legionnaires Disease First, we need to explore the origin of the illness. Legionella bacteria are commonly found in water, including surface water. While it’s normal for Legionella to be widespread in sources such as ponds […]
August 30, 2022

Back-To-School? Make Sure Your Educational Institution Has Safe Water!

Safe potable water is important for schools, universities, and colleges. Luckily, the occupants of these buildings tend to be at lower risk for Legionella than those in hospitals and nursing homes. Although healthy kids and young adults are less likely to develop Legionnaires’ disease and other waterborne pathogens than older people or those with compromised immune systems, educational institutions should still take thorough steps to safeguard the water. This is especially true after summer breaks […]