PUPILS at a Scottish school were sent home after a legionella bacteria outbreak was found in the water system. The School has remained closed for the rest of the week while decontamination of the legionella bacteria has taken place.
The bacteria, a form of which causes the potentially fatal Legionnaire’s disease, was found in the school’s hot and cold water systems on Tuesday.
Legionella bacteria can contaminate and grow in other water systems such as cooling towers and evaporative condensers. It can survive low temperatures but is killed by high temperatures.
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Options Skills operates a Legionnaries Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems Course.
The Legionella and water treatment course is designed to enable installers to understand the requirements of applicable regulations, HSE guidance, British Standards and Water Regulation.
With the increased publicity surrounding recent outbreaks of Legionnaires, effective water treatment is of paramount importance to those carrying out installation and maintenance of hot and cold water supply systems and to those who are responsible for managing the properties.