The latest news from Waterline:

Worsening Legionnaires outbreak rises to 18 cases at Florida federal women’s prison

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a women’s work camp at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex has worsened to 18 confirmed cases as health and prison officials search for the source of the contamination, dramatically escalating the Sumter County prison’s public health crisis. The outbreak at the prison, beset by sexual assault allegations, dwarfs past Legionnaires’ disease… Read more »

Boyle column: On Legionnaires’ outbreak, ‘awareness’ and ‘education’ don’t cut it

If you don’t mind, I might take a pass on the hot tub. To clarify, I mean the hot tub displays you see at hot tub expos or maybe the Mountain State Fair. I’m still going to occasionally plop my generous bod into the YMCA’s hot tub, because I trust they maintain it every day… Read more »

Caution urged after gardeners struck by Legionnaires’ disease

Two suspected Legionnaires’ disease deaths in the southern region in recent months and a spate of other cases of the ailment have prompted a new public health campaign by the Southern District Health Board. Last year, 20 cases of legionellosis were notified in the Southern DHB district, 14 of which were in the last three… Read more »

Legionnaires’ disease breaks out at Coleman federal corrections complex for women

A number of inmates at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex’s women’s camp have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, a kind of pnumonia, according to a Bureau of Prisons spokesman. At least a dozen inmates have gone to the hospital for treatment, according to women at the camp. They described long lines at sick call and health… Read more »

Westmoreland Manor water being tested for Legionnaires’ disease

State health officials confirmed Tuesday an investigation is ongoing at Westmoreland Manor for a suspected case of Legionnaires’ disease. Residents and employees at the county-owned nursing home in Hempfield have been using bottled water to drink and to clean with since Friday, when the investigation started. FULL ARTICLE

U.S. Food Trade Increasingly Leans On Unsustainable Groundwater

American agriculture is a behemoth, a world-leading industry that, while meeting extensive domestic demands, still exports around $140 billion in farm products each year. Soybeans go to China. Cherries to Japan. Baskets of goods to Canada. Some of that production rests on a risky and unstable foundation, a new study finds. It takes water to grow those… Read more »


The 27 January 2020 is Thomas Crapper Day – the 110th anniversary of his death. Read about this iconic Victorian and Edwardian sanitary engineer and manufacturer whose name has caused much mirth and who became Sanitary Engineer to King Edward V11 and The Prince of Wales. Those of you who visited the Chapel Royal in St James’s… Read more »

Sheraton Atlanta Files Lawsuit Against Insurance Companies After Legionella Outbreak

As claims come in from people affected by a deadly outbreak of Legionella bacteria last July, the Sheraton Atlanta hotel on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court. In the suit, the company behind Sheraton Atlanta asks a judge to obligate insurance companies to pay for defense attorneys who will defend against guests’… Read more »

Two people sentenced after failing to control the risk of Legionella bacteria

Two people have been sentenced after failing to control the risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria in the cooling tower at their business premises in Spring Hill, Birmingham. Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard that, between June 2017 and February 2018, Kulwant Singh Chatha and partner Satpaul Kaur Chatha of Isher Hangers failed to put suitable measures… Read more »

Cooling Towers reconsidered

gary dicker, director at dhd cooling, explains why the evaporative cooling tower is still a great choice. There is a lot of bad press surrounding evaporative cooling towers, but they are still one of the best long-term solutions for industrial and commercial cooling challenges and here’s why. FULL ARTICLE

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.