Council HQ remains shut due to legionella bacteria

A council headquarters in Worcestershire remains closed to staff after legionella bacteria was found in parts of the water system. Read the full article here

Posted by: Waterline Admin on 06/27/2024 @ 3:08 pm
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Connecticut man, 25, almost dies after smoking cannabis in a bong that caused lethal lung infection

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A Connecticut man contracted a rare and deadly lung disease after smoking a cannabis bong with water from a garden hose. Read more here

Posted by: Waterline Admin on 05/21/2024 @ 1:53 pm
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Chantry Library in Ipswich remains closed due to legionella

Library users will have their due dates extended as a town library remains closed due to legionella. A library spokesman said it may take a further two weeks before the results of tests carried out at Chantry Library are returned. Until then the Hawthorn Drive site will continue to be closed. Read more here.

Posted by: Waterline Admin on 05/16/2024 @ 7:57 am
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Healthcare Infection Society Opens Consultation – 17/04/2024

The Healthcare Infection Society is inviting comments on the scope for their next NICE-accredited guideline: water management for healthcare microbiologists. If you are a microbiologist or a professional involved in estates, facilities or engineering with responsibility for a water safety group or safety plan, the surveillance of water or wastewater borne infections, or keep on top of… Read more »

Posted by: Waterline Admin on 04/17/2024 @ 1:32 pm
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The CDC has released findings for 214 outbreaks associated with drinking water 2015–2020.

Some interesting takeaways from the MMWR report: Legionella was implicated in 98% of biofilm-related outbreaks.Legionella-associated outbreaks generally increased over the study period.Legionella caused 97% of the hospitalizations and 98% of all deaths.Premise plumbing (point of use locations) was the contributing factor in 63% of the Legionella and other biofilm-associated pathogen outbreaks. Read the full report… Read more »

Posted by: Waterline Admin on 04/10/2024 @ 2:43 pm
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Could cleaner air be driving rise in Legionnaires disease?

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Legionnaires disease (LD) cases rose ninefold between 2000 and 2018, and the reasons for the dramatic global rise have been a scientific mystery. This week, a research team proposed a surprising factor: a drop in air pollution. Read more here.

Posted by: Waterline Admin on 03/19/2024 @ 4:31 pm
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Bacterial infection that spreads through showers, faucets and AC units has killed 80 and hospitalised 500 in US.

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From 2015 to 2020, the bacteria Legionella caused 184 disease outbreaks in the US, resulting in 786 illnesses, 544 hospitalisations and 86 deaths. Of 214 disease outbreaks over five years, 184 were caused by legionella bacteria. Read more here.

Posted by: Waterline Admin on 03/15/2024 @ 11:47 am
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Yorkshire pensioner died from legionnaires disease picked up in hotel while on break from caring for wife

A pensioner from Yorkshire died from deadly legionnaires’ disease after going on holiday to have a break from caring for his adoring wife who had dementia. Read the full article here

Posted by: Waterline Admin on 03/08/2024 @ 10:10 am
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Unregistered plumber handed suspended prison sentence

An unregistered plumber has received a suspended prison sentence after he carried out illegal gas work at a house in Peterborough. Read the full article here

Posted by: Waterline Admin on 03/04/2024 @ 1:36 pm
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Health Advisory Issued for Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel Guests Due to Legionella Bacteria

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The Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel has detected #Legionella bacteria in its water system, leading to a health advisory for guests to avoid taking showers. The hotel is working with health officials to disinfect the water system and prevent further growth of the bacteria. The source of the bacteria remains unclear. Read more here.

Posted by: Waterline Admin on 02/21/2024 @ 9:09 am
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Diary Dates & Events

Grime Scene


Following on from the successful Grime Scene competition, we have decided to continue the theme for another year, but with a twist. This year, we are asking for photographs of the grimiest pictures you can find accompanied with another photograph of how the ‘scene’ has been improved by your maintenance or cleaning.

We will display the photographs in each of the Waterline editions throughout 2024. The ‘most improved’ picture will be chosen by WMSoc members via an online vote. The winner will receive a £25 Amazon Gift Voucher after the Winter 2024/25 edition has been published.

Please send your photographs to:
[email protected].

Product & Service Spotlight

Secondary disinfection options from B & V Chemicals:

We can offer our customers several secondary disinfection options to control issues like biofilm formation and harmful bacteria proliferation

Genox or chlorine dioxide
For water usage above 60m³/day, we recommend installing either a chlorine dioxide unit or a Genox unit. The Genox units generate hypochlorous acid from brine electrolysis with running costs as low as 4.0 pence/m³.

Ultralox 40 or SuPerSil
For smaller systems, continuous dosing with Ultralox 40, a hypochlorous acid solution, is a cost-effective alternative with few safety risks.
Similarly, silver peroxide dosing suits low to medium water usage systems.

For more information contact [email protected]

How the NEW SolidTek® Biocide Feeder Package will BENEFIT YOU

SolidTek® has launched its NEW Biocide Feeder which is functional, compact, and environmentally-friendly.

Designed for use with SolidTek’s® enhanced bromine biocide, BromTek, it offers multiple benefits:

Reduced exposure to fumes and bromine dust (non-pressurised system).

Use with field proven mixed hydantoin biocide - better performance than standard bromine tablets.

Wall mounted reducing footprint of installation.

Charge with product in under 5 minutes without isolation from the system.

Product calculators and tech support available.

Lovibond MD640 Photometer (PTSA & Fluorescein capable)

Product Spotlight Drop Test Kits

How many times have you heard … ‘we’re not sure what the system volume is’. A common problem which can be expensive - wasting chemical over dosing, or underdosing so the treatment is ineffective (i.e. shock dosing a biocide). The MD640 photometer has PTSA & Fluorescein capability built in. Simply use our System Checkers to add to an unknown system and read a PTSA or Fluorescein levels to accurately identify the system volume.

The Hydrosense PRO range


The Hydrosense PRO range pioneers Legionella pneumophila detection, the cause of over 97% of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks, by identifying all the serogroups 1-15 of this dangerous Legionella species. This easy-to-use, highly sensitive test uses unique filtration, offering a three-line test result that distinguishes between serogroup 1 and serogroups 2-15 within 25 minutes. The water test has a level of detection of 100 CFU/L and swab tests detect 200 CFU per swabbed area, providing crucial, rapid insights for water safety management.

TME Thermometers

Save time and money on your ACoPL8 testing with TME’s innovative legionella solutions.
• Perform faster temperature tests with our MM2008 Thermometer with integral timer for running of hot and cold water taps.
• Simplify concealed TMV testing with our TC Wall Port, a remote access point for temperature sensors you can install yourself. Once in place, take instant readings from a more convenient location – no more climbing ladders or removing panelling.
• Update to paperless recording with our MM7000-2D Barcode Scanning Bluetooth Thermometer.
• Get FREE UKAS traceable calibration certificates.
• Visit our NEW website for 25% OFF all online orders placed by 30th June 2024.

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