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Viral fears over water dispensers

Water dispensers and drinking machines could be a transmission method for the novel coronavirus and Legionnaires’ disease if not cleaned regularly, experts have warned. There are two possibilities regarding how self-service dispensers and drinking machines could transmit diseases, paediatrician Chang Kit told Sing Tao Daily, sister paper of The Standard. FULL ARTICLE

Number Of Legionnaires Cases Rises To Five At Brookdale Vernon Hills Senior Living Facility

The number of cases of Legionnaires’ Disease at the Brookdale Vernon Hills senior living facility has increased to five, including one death, health officials reported Thursday. Three cases, including one fatality, were reported earlier in February. Legionella bacteria were detected in one apartment, a pool filter, an irrigation system, and a decorative water fountain, officials said…. Read more »

Westmoreland Manor receives clean bill of (water) health after Legionnaires’ discovery

The spigots are back on at Westmoreland Manor. County officials said the latest test results found no traces of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease in the water at the Hempfield nursing home. FULL ARTICLE

Woman sues over catching Legionnaires’ Disease in luxury hotel spa

A woman who went to Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney, Co Kerry to celebrate her wedding anniversary ended up in an induced coma after contracting Legionnaires’ Disease after using the hotel’s spa facilities, the High Court has heard. Mary Kelleher (55) was in the coma for three weeks and was discharged from hospital after 54… Read more »

Washington pensioner left in intensive care with Legionnaires’ disease after Turkey holiday

Feeling on death’s door in intensive care, frail pensioner Shirley Errington battled Legionnaires’ disease after returning from holiday. The 80-year-old had been on an all-inclusive trip to Turkey when she was struck down with illness on her return. FULL ARTICLE

Legionnaires’ disease outbreak among staff closes Redhill mental health clinic

A mental health clinic had to be closed after an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease among the staff. Three staff members at Gatton Place in Redhill are known to have been diagnosed with the bacterial illness. The community mental health hub in St Matthew’s Road was closed for five days from last Wednesday (February 5) while tests and… Read more »


Total waste water production is set to increase by 24% over the 10 years, but a new study by the UN Institute for Water says we should regard wastewater as an untapped resource. Those are the conclusions of a team led by Manzoor Qadir, who have estimated the world’s total wastewater production. This is the… Read more »

Hong Kong authorities find excessive levels of Legionella in MTR cooling towers after 11 people infected

The Centre for Health Protection has found excessive levels of Legionella bacteria in tested samples of cooling towers at Choi Hung MTR station following 11 infections in Wong Tai Sin, a nearby neighbourhood. FULL ARTICLE

Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Hong Kong Feb 2020

One additional Legionnaires Disease case was reported by CHP bringing the total number of confirmed cases to eleven (11) cases, all located the area around the Ping Shek / Choi Hung estate area. FULL ARTICLE

Is Climate Change Increasing Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease?

In this article the water safety experts at Legionella Control International consider the question… is climate change increasing the risks from Legionnaires’ disease? The article looks at some of the effects of global warming, how these could influence the growth of Legionella and other bacteria, and what steps can be taken to control the risks…. Read more »

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.