Legionella is a type of bacteria that can contaminate water and cause illness if droplets are breathed in through the air. A Legionella prevention plan is essential to keeping your employees and the general public health as well as ensuring you are not in violation of local or New York Legionella compliance laws.
What Is A Legionella Prevention Plan?
A Legionella prevention plan is a way to reduce the risk of Legionella contamination of your water source. There are New York City as well as New York State compliance guidelines and laws that residents and business owners must follow. A Legionella prevention plan ensures the individual is in compliance and adequately reduces the risk of Legionella.
What Does A Legionella Prevention Plan Include?
A Legionella prevention plan should include risk assessment, operation plan, monitoring water temperature, preventing water from becoming stagnant, and keeping the water system disinfected. At Tower Water, we customize your plans according to the specifics of your situation.
Monitor and Control the Water Temperature
Managing the water temperature of the water in your cooling tower, fountains, pond or home is essential to Legionella risk prevention. These bacteria are known to multiply when between 68 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas temperatures above 140 Fahrenheit kill Legionella. Therefore, understanding how monitoring and controlling water temperature affects Legionella growth is essential to limiting risk and prevention.
Prevent Stagnant or Uncirculated Water
Stagnant or uncirculated water increases the risk of a biofilm, which is a slimy layer of bacteria and other microorganisms that can stick to wet surfaces. It is estimated that biofilm is responsible for more than half of all infections.
Keep the Water System Clean and Disinfected
If Legionella and other bacteria do invade your water system, it is essential to clean it promptly. Also, keeping water clean can reduce the risk of Legionella entering your water and multiplying in the first place.
Maintain the Water System with Legionella Control Equipment
Legionella control equipment and other equipment such as remote monitoring devices are useful in monitoring and maintaining the cleanliness of your water source as well as preventing the growth of Legionella. Utilizing Legionella control equipment also helps ensure you are in compliance with local and state Legionella prevention laws.
The Importance Of Legionella Prevention For Risk Mitigation
The best way to deal with Legionella is to prevent it in the first place, and our team can help you do exactly that with a Legionella prevention plan. A well-constructed and detailed plan mitigates risk by continually monitoring factors that increase the risk of Legionella and correcting any issues that arise promptly. For businesses, the prevention of Legionella ensures you do not have to shut down your operation and are not vulnerable to fines and other consequences that may result from not complying with local and state regulations.
Consult with Our Legionella Compliance Team Today
At Tower Water, we offer Legionella risk prevention plan services to ensure our clients are in compliance with state and local laws. In addition, we work diligently to reduce the growth and accumulation of Legionella bacteria and protect individuals in New York City from Legionnaires’ disease. Reach out to us by phone at (212) 729-9361 or schedule an evaluation online today.