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WHO says 23 deaths from Legionnaires’ disease reported in Poland

A total of 23 deaths linked to Legionnaires’ disease have been reported from Poland as of Sept. 11, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. A total of 166 cases of the disease have been reported, WHO said, adding that no new cases have been reported since Sept. 7. Legionnaires’ disease, caused by the legionella… Read more »

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My dad died after being scalded in a hotel bath

The son of a pensioner who died from scalding injuries in a hotel bath has described the frantic 90-minute attempt to rescue him as a “horror story”. Wallace Hunter died at the Pitlochry Hydro in 2019 after being trapped in the bath, while guests and emergency services tried to smash in the door. Efforts to… Read more »

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Oxford splash park closed after Legionella bacteria found in water storage tank

A popular splash park in Oxford has been closed to the public after Legionella bacteria was discovered in a water storage tank. Bosses at Cutteslowe Splash Facility have apologised to people planning to visit the facility, but say the ‘health of users is a priority.’ It comes after a high legionella bacteria count was identified… Read more »


ASHRAE 514-2023 Standard Published

Standard 514-2023 — Risk Management for Building Water Systems: Physical, Chemical, and Microbial Hazards (ANSI approved) This document, developed in the USA, establishes minimum requirements for managing risk associated with building water systems and provides a framework for the systematic development of water management programs, from design and construction to occupancy, including post-occupancy modifications and… Read more »

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Bibby Stockholm legionella cleanup could take a week, says WMSoc Council Member

The clean-up of legionella bacteria on the Bibby Stockholm barge could take around a week, an expert has said, after asylum seekers were evacuated from the vessel following the detection of the health hazard. WMSoc Council Member, David Harper, said there were many different strains of legionella bacteria, with some more virulent than others. Read… Read more »

PUBLISHED: Water and sewerage companies environmental performance report 2022

The Environment Agency has released its annual report on the environmental performance of England’s nine water and sewerage companies. Commenting on the report, Water Minister Rebecca Pow said: “Today’s report shows there is significant work to do to drive the improvements in our rivers and seas that we need to see…” Read the full report… Read more »

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Dangerous levels of lead found in UK schools tap water

Lead is still being found at levels above the UK standard of 10 micrograms per litre in UK schools tap water, an investigation has revealed. In 59 tap water tests carried out at around 30 schools over the last decade, the toxic heavy metal lead has been found at or above the 10 micrograms per… Read more »

Water safety plan manual

Step-by-step risk management for drinking-water suppliers – second edition. From the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Water Association (IWA). Read the full article here

Family catch Legionnaires’ disease after using hot tub at Welsh holiday resort

A family caught a “potentially fatal” infection after using a hot tub at a popular Welsh resort. The customers had visited Dylan Coastal Resort in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire in June. Read the full article here

Two legionella deaths, 11 infections linked to Ferroli central heating boilers

Eleven legionella infections in the Netherlands since July last year have been linked to two types of Ferroli boilers. Two people died of the infection, the public health institute RIVM and Ferroli reported on Thursday. The manufacturer and the NVWA urged people with these boilers to urgently get them cleaned. Read the full article here

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Effective Thermal Disinfection at POU

By using the readily available system temperature hot water supply (>60C), the patented ILTDU, In-Line Thermal Disinfection Unit, from Horne Engineering facilitates the only effective thermal disinfection of showers, taps, TMVs, their associated pipe-work feeds, ancillary fittings, mixed water deadleg and terminal outlet fitting. In conjunction with high velocity flushing, which shears excess biofilm from internal pipework surfaces (and represents 95% of the water system’s total bio-load) thus improving water quality, regular operation of the ILTDU further aids the risk-management of retrograde pathogens, e.g. opportunistic Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria and others.

Inform water temperature monitoring

Monitoring water temperatures are crucial to water safety, helping minimise the growth of waterborne pathogens and reducing the risk of infection. Inform is an intelligent digital solution that has been designed to monitor, maintain and provide data on assets within a building. This easy-to-use system offers peace of mind that you operate at the highest safety levels and comply with building requirements.

• Intuitive software and clear graphic displays
• Full audit trail of all events
• Accurate reporting & documents stored in the system
• Max, average, min data recorded every 15 minutes
• Complies with ACoP L8, HSG 274, HTM 04-01
• No requirement to access IT data networks
• Anti-microbial system box with easy installation
• Long life (5 years†) replaceable batteries
• Installed complete and ready to operate by KWC DVS
• API integration to existing CAFM systems

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.

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