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Legionella are bacteria that are found in water pipes and can cause severe illness in humans. When an infestation has been detected during a legionella inspection in a building, it is important to act quickly and appropriately. Measures must be taken to minimize the risk of infection and protect the health of owners and tenants.
In this article, we will share with you the most important steps you should take if you have been found to have Legionella.
The quality of our water is crucial to our health and well-being. One of the main problems we face in this context is the presence of legionella in drinking water and the associated legionnaires’ disease.
Legionella is a type of bacteria that can be found in natural bodies of water such as lakes and rivers, but can also grow in man-made systems such as cooling towers and water heaters.
Legionella are basically found wherever there is fresh water – so they are an integral part of our drinking water in small numbers. Nevertheless, legionella can pose a threat to human health, as they can cause severe pneumonia, among other things, if they become infected.
If the external conditions are optimal for Legionella growth, they can multiply rapidly. But what exactly are legionella? How are they transmitted and how fast do pathogens actually multiply in drinking water? All this and how to protect yourself from the dangers of legionella, you will learn in this article.
Legionella can be found wherever there is water. These are rod-shaped bacteria that reside in freshwater and multiply intracellularly depending on the water temperatures prevailing there. The ideal conditions for Legionella are at temperatures between 25 and 50 degrees and in surfaces wetted with water, such as water pipes, fittings or even air conditioning systems.
Especially in older, poorly maintained or even little used water pipes there is an increased risk of legionella. However, calcification or materials such as rubber or plastic can also promote legionella proliferation.
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