The latest news from Waterline:

They thought it was food poisoning — then came the ventilator. Inside a California couple’s battle with Legionnaires’ disease

Over the last weekend in June, Dan and Rita Miles flew from their Long Beach home to visit family in Santa Clara and Monterey, staying in a San Jose hotel where they enjoyed the pool and hot tub. Read the full article here

Napa County says Legionnaires’ disease bacteria found at jail building

The bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease has been found on fixtures at the building that houses the Napa County jail, as well as on a hotel property – all connected to the largest local outbreak in recent years, county officials have confirmed. Read the full article here

Montreal public health investigating 3 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease

Montreal public health officials are investigating three cases of legionellosis, known as Legionnaires’ Disease, including one death. Read the full article here

1 dead, 11 sickened in Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in California county

A hotel cooling tower had “high levels” of the bacteria that causes the disease. Read the full article here

Possible case of healthcare-acquired Legionnaires’ being investigated at Hurley

FLINT, MI — Public health officials are investigating a possible case of healthcare-acquired Legionnaires’ disease at Hurley Medical Center, a probe that’s being carried out in conjunction with the hospital. Read the full article here

Drinking Water 2021

The Chief Inspector’s report for drinking water in England. See the full report here

Legionnaires’ Disease sees update of prevention and control regulations in Spain

A new Royal Decree updating the prevention and control regulations of Legionnaires’ Disease in Spain, was approved on Tuesday, June 21. Read the full article here

Legionella bacteria discovered in Parliament

Showers in Portcullis House were closed as a ‘precautionary measure’ after low levels of the bacteria were detected during routine maintenance. Read the full article here

Report: Legionella found in over half of tourist facilities evaluated in Balearic Islands

Surveillance of Legionella in tourist facilities of a major European holiday destination found the pneumonia-causing bacteria present in over half of the evaluated areas. Read the full article here

One dead, eight hospitalized as Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Highbridge section grows

One person has died and eight remain hospitalized, city health officials said Wednesday as they try to get a handle on a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Highbridge section of the Bronx. Read the full article here

Product Spotlight

Cistermiser launches Vecta+ Sensor Tap Range

The Vecta+ Sensor Tap range are easy to install, as retrofit or new build installations. They help to improve hygiene and prevent the transfer of pathogens with no-touch controls. With an infrared tap, the water only runs while your hands are in range, so these taps reduce wasted water, increase efficiency, save energy and reduce costs, while maintaining reliability and high performance. For more information about these infrared taps, visit or call 0118 969 1611.

Velappity- Risk Assessment and Compliance Software

Velappity is a risk assessment and compliance solution that can reduce your reporting time by 50% and improve operational efficiency. Our forms module eliminates the drawbacks associated with paper-based reporting. You can easily create branded risk assessments and complex forms in a digital framework to complete inspections on-site, on any device. The integrated compliance module enables organisations to manage and report on all types of assets and complete inspection tests, raise non-compliances and report to clients, all within the app.

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.

HM&V Utilities Ltd – Helping you stay compliant

HM&V Utilities Ltd are a LCA Registered Water Hygiene and Utility Specialist based the South of the UK. We provide comprehensive packages to help clients stay compliant with their obligations under current legislation and law. From the initial Risk Assessment to corrective remedial actions, we have you covered. We are LCA registered and ISO9001 accredited to carry out Legionella Risk Assessments, Cleaning and Disinfection services as well as Sampling & Analytical Services.