The latest news from Waterline:

Legionnaires’ Disease Detected in the Territory and COVID Numbers Fall Again

COVID-19 cases continue to decline from 3,395 on Jan. 7 to 473 on Feb. 1 and finally to 324 on Feb. 7, but at the weekly Government House Briefing Monday residents were alerted to a new health threat – Legionnaires’ disease – a type of severe pneumonia. Read the full article here

Bacteria build communities using chemical signals comparable to radio waves

Scientists showed that the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa communicate using chemical signals analogous to radio signals in order to help cells join together and form communities. Read the full article here

BS 8580-2:2022 standard now available to purchase

BS 8580-2:2022 Water quality – Risk assessments for Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other waterborne pathogens. Code of practice This standard is now available for purchase from the BSi shop.  WMSoc members can find discount codes for the purchase of this new standard in the Winter edition of Waterline.  Click here to visit the web store

DHSS investigating Legionnaires’ disease cases possibly linked to Phelps County hospital

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is investigating four cases of Legionnaires’ disease among previously hospitalized patients at Phelps Health at Rolla. The first case occurred in May 2021. The source of the bacteria that caused these individuals to acquire infection is under investigation.  Read the full article here

David Sassoli: Flags lowered for EU parliament leader

Leading EU figures have paid tributes to European Parliament President David Sassoli, who has died at the age of 65.  Read the full article here

Prevention, monitoring favored decrease of legionellosis cases: French agency

Cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported to the French health agency Santé Publique France decreased in 2020, confirming a downward trend evident over previous years. Read the full article here

HSE eBulletin: Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (‘the PPER 2022’) were laid before Parliament on 10 January 2022. Read the full article here

The Flint Water Dept. Failed its Chemistry Test

There are chemistry teachers all over the U.S. that know this simple truth: chemistry matters in everyday life. Nothing demonstrates this principle more than when you look back at the lead water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Read the full article here

Publication of Consultation Response on amendments to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992

As you may be aware, changes are being made to the PPER 1992 to align with a court judgment which decided that the Government had failed to adequately transpose Article 8(4) and 8(5) of EU Directive 89/391/EEC (“the Framework Directive”) and Article 3 of EU Directive 89/656/EEC of 30 November 1989 (“the Personal Protective Equipment Directive”)… Read more »

Remembering the Legionnaires’ Outbreak

After a mysterious illness killed dozens of American Legion members, public health officials launched the largest medical investigation in history to find out why. 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.