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The threat of Legionnaires’ disease can be found almost anywhere: at home, at your community pool, inside a hotel, and even in a hospital.

You can reduce the risk of developing this aerosol-based disease by using water testing kits designed specifically for detecting Legionella bacteria.

Here are some of the reasons why you may need to use them in your home or business.

Find the source of the contamination

Water testing kits can be used in different environments including your home, hospital, hotel or place of business. You can use the kit to determine where the contamination is coming from.

Finding the source becomes more important in larger facilities such as in a hotel or hospital. In such environments, there could be tens or hundreds of taps, shower heads and sources of water. With a testing kit, you can gather a sample from each water source to see which one contains the pneumonia-causing bacteria.

Ensure that the water is free from contamination

Medical fields need clean water for a variety of purposes, including for sanitising equipment and for conducting procedures.

Legionnaires’ disease is not contagious, but people can easily catch it when they inhale water particles contaminated with the bacteria (and not by drinking water with the bacteria). Patients can get sick while taking a bath inside the hospital or gargling water while having a tooth extracted.

By regularly conducting tests, medical facilities and institutions can keep their patients safe.

Know when to perform maintenance

When you know where the contaminated water is coming from, you can take steps to deal with the problem. If it is a tap or shower head, you can clean, disinfect and descale them using commercially available products and by flushing the system on a regular basis. You can also buy taps or shower heads that have built-in disinfectants. This will cost you more, but the investment is sure to pay off in the long run.

Compliance with local laws

Laws and regulations vary from one region to another. For instance, in the UK, landlords are required to make sure that the risk of catching the Legionnaires’ disease-causing bacteria inside their rental properties is low to non-existent. By using water testing kits, landlords and business owners are making sure that they are complying with local laws and regulations.

Contact AquaCert today and order a water testing kit to ensure that your water sources are free of Legionella bacteria.