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Flybe disruption caused by contaminated bottles of water fears

Flybe has apologised after fears about the possible contamination of bottled water for airline crew caused disruption to flights. The airline said the bottles had been recalled due to potential “microbiological contamination”. It said the issue caused limited disruption to some flights on Wednesday evening. FULL ARTICLE

Flight Attendants Avoid Drinking Tap Water on Planes. You Should Too

For the last decade, Dr. Charles Platkin has studied airline food. But he moved from solids to liquids by first examining a sample of coffee brewed on airplanes. What he found wasn’t good, so to him, it made sense to keep looking. FULL ARTICLE

Water for special uses: Managing off-mains hospital water supplies

Waterborne illness related to the consumption of contaminated or inadequately treated water is a global public health issue. Within hospitals, waterborne pathogens present a major and preventable cause of healthcare acquired infections. Many hospitals rely on private water supplies such as boreholes, wells and springs; however, despite having the same regulatory quality standards as public… Read more »

Legionella limits broken at Children’s Services HQ

Levels of legionella bacteria hundreds of times above acceptable guidelines were found in the water supply of a key government building, it has emerged. Levels in Liberté House were found to be way over UK limits, on a floor which staff used for meetings for six months before the water was tested. FULL ARTICLE

Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville reports case of Legionnaires’ disease

The Mayo Clinic has confirmed that it reported a case of Legionnaires’ disease at its Jacksonville campus to the Florida Department of Health.  “We are following CDC recommendations pending the outcome of further water testing. Mitigation efforts are underway to reduce the potential for exposure. All measures are precautionary at this time as we have not… Read more »

Barry Legionnaires’ probe to continue into 2020, says Mark Drakeford

An investigation into a cluster of cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, is set to continue into next year.First Minister Mark Drakeford said that despite extensive investigations, no common source had yet been identified.Eleven cases of the disease have been reported in and around Barry within the past twelve months.The watchdog Public… Read more »

7 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease under investigation at McLaren Macomb Hospital

(WXYZ) — Officials with the Macomb County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service are investigating what may be seven possible cases of Legionnaires’ Disease at McLaren Macomb Hospital. The cases have been reported since late July, with six of the seven cases being reported since mid September. FULL ARTICLE

Jumpin’ Jack Proud wants to dance again after battle with legionnaires’ disease

Jack Proud wants to dance again. The 93-year-old nicknamed Jumpin’ Jack was still active before legionnaires’ disease sent him to hospital in August. He’s in the rehabilitation unit at the Moncton Hospital, and he’s starting to walk again. Proud is among 16 people in the Moncton area who became ill this summer during an outbreak of the severe… Read more »

UPDATE: MSU waiting for results of Legionella bacteria testing

EAST LANSING, MI. (WILX) — Michigan State University is waiting on test results to confirm that the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease has been eliminated. MSU officials confirmed levels of Legionella bacteria were detected Thursday in a cooling tower at the university’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.  Technicians spent the weekend sanitizing the cooling tower.  Fred Woodhams, a… Read more »


This month, microbes were found in a plethora of animals and plants. Starting with the mammals, a group of researchers discovered a new Actinobacillus species that they are naming Actinobacillus vicugnae. Actinobacillus species infect a range of animals, including sheep, pigs, horses, cattle and birds, but this novel species was isolated from alpaca (Vicugna pacos) living in the UK…. Read more »

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Product Spotlight

PrimeLab Photometer

The PrimeLab photometer hand-held Bluetooth® device is expandable and portable, developed for ultimate flexibility for use in a range of water systems. With only one light source and the JENCOLOR multi-spectral sensor used exclusively in the PrimeLab, it is possible to measure all water parameters where the water sample is visibly discoloured after addition of a reagent. Key Features of PrimeLab Photometer: The first and only PrimeLab photometer with just 1 LED / 1 JENCOLOR sensor, covering the 400 wavelength (380nm-780nm). More than a 100 different parameters available. Activation of add-on parameters is possible even after purchase. Powerful PC-software and app with free cloud service. Creating reports and dosage recommendations by just a click, using your individual water treatment chemicals.

HuwaSan TR50 Silver Stabilised Hydrogen Peroxide

HuwaSan TR50 is a commercial water disinfectant and biocide designed for shock disinfection or constant dosing. HuwaSan TR50 kills legionella bacteria and in addition removes biofilm. It is safer to use than chlorine as the disinfection breakdown products are oxygen and water. Independent testing shows that HuwaSan TR50 provides a very wide spectrum of biocidal activity against bacteria, viruses, spores, fungi, amoebae (such as amoeba acanthus which can act as a host to legionella bacteria) and algae. Use disinfectants safely. Always read the label and product information before use.

MC1+ Protector

Formulated to prevent wear and tear and the resulting debris, MC1+ stops magnetite and other deposits forming. As it does this, it protects the central heating, keeping the boiler working efficiently and helping to ensure the system lasts for longer.

MM2050 - PT100 Thermometer

Four/three/two wire measurement, Max/min functions, Hold function, Dual display, °C/°F/°A selectable, Simultaneous display of real time and max/min/hold measurement, Self calibrating.

MD610 Photometer

The MD610 gives you a mobile device in a modern design with the analytical features of a laboratory photometer. All important water analysis parameters from A(luminium) to Z(inc) are covered. Combined with the high precision of Lovibond® reagents, a reliable and quick analysis of water samples is guaranteed. Reagent tablets, powder reagents, liquid reagents, or cuvette tests are used depending on the method.

Armitage Shanks Markwik 21


(TB H2a) an integral thermostatic bib mixer tap, single long lever mixer. Single flow fixed horizontal nozzle, sequential operation. Sequential operation ensures both hot and cold supply are purged on each use, long lever gives precise control. Insulated technology keeps the ‘hot’ side of the mixer at a safe surface temperature.

AS Shower chrome

AS Shower chrome

Legionnaires‘ disease is usually spread by the breathing in of water vapour containing Legionella bacteria which is then deposited on the lungs. The bacteria thrives in water temperatures between 25 and 45°C and so showers by their very nature create an ideal environment for the bacteria to spread. The AS SHOWER chrome filter provides reliable and immediate protection against Legionella, removing bacteria at the point of use, allowing users to shower safely.