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Legionella Outbreak in Disneyland California

Two water cooling towers at the park had to be shut down after 1 death and 10 infections Every business and organisation has a responsibility for legionella control and it’s often assumed that it’s the small companies, who may lack resources and understanding of the bacteria, who are most likely to fall short of that [...]

November 17th, 2017|Blog|

Why paying lip service to legionella risk does not absolve responsibility

G4S fined £1.8million In 2016, G4S was handed a £1.8million fine for failing to protect Harlow Council’s workers from the risk of Legionnaire’s Disease (see the news story). G4S manage the Council’s Harlow branch. An inspection had found a serious lack of compliance in maintaining water systems at the site: monitoring and testing of systems [...]

August 24th, 2017|Blog|

Calorifier Replacement

No Hot Water! We were asked by one of our clients to replace their hot water calorifier which had given up the ghost after being in use for more than 30 years. 30 year old calorifier Shopping Centre Our client, who manages a large shopping centre in West Yorkshire, required the work carrying [...]

December 1st, 2016|Blog|

Restricted Tank Cleaning

Difficult Access We were recently asked to clean some cold water storage tanks at a chemical manufacturing site. The tanks are not ideal for cleaning due to their size, shape and lack of access and egress. The client did not want anyone entering the tanks due to the confined space risk and working at heights [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Blog|

Legionella Risk Assessment Document

As a company who wants to do more to conserve and protect our natural resources we have been looking at alternative ways to supply our Legionella Risk Assessment document. Environmentally Friendly Our existing paper based document is a costly document to produce as it is presented in a printed ring binder, has a set of [...]

November 9th, 2016|Blog|

RPZ Valves: Installation, Testing & Certification

Aquatrust Water & Ventilation Ltd offer a full range of services associated with RPZ (Reduced Pressure Zone) Valves including installation, testing, repairing, replacing and certification. What is an RPZ Valve? RPZ valves provide type BA backflow protection in line with Fluid Category 4. These devices must be checked regularly and at least annually to ensure [...]

November 8th, 2016|Blog|

Australia: Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

Cooling Towers Two cooling towers have been associated with an outbreak of legionnaires' disease in the Australian city of Sydney. To read more about the article click here.

November 8th, 2016|Blog|

Legionella Control & TMVs (Thermostatic Mixer Valves)

As part of a well maintained water system TMVs should be regularly tested and cleaned. HSG 274 Part 2 states: What are TMVs? TMVs are valves using temperature sensitive elements to blend hot and cold water to produce water at a temperature to safeguard against scalding. Blended water downstream of a TMV may provide an [...]

November 7th, 2016|Blog|

Rise in number of patients identified with legionnaires’ disease

We were interested to read an article recently which focused on the number of cases of legionnaires’ disease being identified in Denmark. Read the article here. Causes The main reasons for the increased outbreaks being identified are an outbreak from a cooling tower and changes made to monitoring procedures in 2015.  

November 7th, 2016|Blog|

Legionella Awareness Training

At Aquatrust, we don’t just believe in managing legionella control on your behalf, we think that effective legionella control should be something that you understand and is ingrained in your business operations. You can only do that if you have a good understanding of legionella and how to manage your responsibilities. That is why we [...]

November 7th, 2016|Blog|