The Importance Of Legionella Water Treatment
US water supplies are among the safest in the world. The water treatment industry has worked tirelessly to eliminate form waterbourne illness such as typhoid fever, hepatitis A, and cholera. However, bacterial threats in US water supplies are not entirely a thing of the past. The greatest threat in water today is Legionella. A bacterium that poses a particular risk to hospital patients, Legionella can cause a form of pneumonia known as Legionnaire’s disease. It can also cause a milder illness known as Pontiac fever.
People can develop legionellosis when they breathe in water mists or vapors that are contaminated with the bacteria, which then infects the lungs. Most people who are exposed to Legionella bacteria do not get sick. However, some people are more susceptible to Legionella related illnesses than others. The susceptible population includes individuals over 50 years of age, smokers, and people with chronic lung disease or a weakened immune system. Legionellosis is unable to spread from one person to another.
The bacterium can live in water distribution lines and building plumbing. This means that it can contaminate water supplies even after these have been treated. The bacteria is drawn to the slimy coating along pipe interiors, where it is largely protected from the disinfecting effects of water treatments. Legionella can enter the pipeline during the water treatment process, at water main breaks, or during pipe installation.
Disinfection remains the principle means of preventing Legionella from entering the water supply. Disinfection is a relatively simple process. Once water has been filtered, a disinfectant such as chlorine or chloramine may be added to kill any remaining parasites, viruses, or bacteria, including Legionella. This disinfecting agent also protects the water from gathering germs as it is piped into homes and businesses. The CDC has identified eliminating Legionella from public water supplies as an important priority to effectively protect public health.
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