Legionella is a bacterium species that are the causative agent of the human Legionnaires' disease and the lesser form, Pontiac fever. Legionella transmission is via aerosols — the inhalation of mist droplets containing the bacteria. Common sources include cooling towers, swimming pools, domestic hot-water systems, fountains, and similar disseminators that tap into a public water supply.
The simple truth is that Legionella and other harmful bacteria can thrive in your facility's water system if left untreated. And a bacterial outbreak like Legionnaires' disease can be devastating.
Disease from Legionella tends to lead to harmful symptoms, especially in those with a compromised immune system and the elderly. Once inside a host, incubation may take up to two weeks. Initial symptoms are flu-like, including fever, chills, and dry cough. Advanced stages of the disease cause problems with the gastrointestinal tract and the nervous system and lead to diarrhea and nausea. Other advanced symptoms of pneumonia may also present.
"In the United States alone, Legionnaires' Disease affects between 8,000 to 18,000 individuals every year."
Testing is the First Step in Prevention
Liquitech can help you protect your facility's water system from Legionella and other harmful pathogens. We will develop a comprehensive plan to keep your water, and therefore your cllients, employees, and guests, safe.
It all begins with testing your water to determine the presence of bacteria in the system as well as identifying future risks. We will help facilitate the testing of your water so that we can design a safe, effective water disinfection and prevention system to meet your specific needs.
Contact us today to learn how Liquitech can help in the testing and treatment of your water system.