THERE are few things more important in life than the safety and quality of the water we drink which is why World Water Monitoring Day is such an important event for all of us.
More than 100 countries worldwide will take part in World Water Monitoring Day today, which is being observed by the UN, which this year focusses on accelerating change to solve the global water and sanitation crisis.
While it might be tempting to think that many of these problems only exist in other countries, making sure your water systems are safe and monitored regularly is one of the most important things you can do to protect your own wellbeing of that of those around you.
World Water Monitoring Day: On the lookout for legionella
Legionella bacteria remains on the biggest threats to the safety of our water with several high-profile outbreaks having been reported in the UK over the summer.
As with many things to do with health and safety, complacency is often one of the biggest hurdles we face which makes regular water monitoring even more critical. Not only that, checking for legionella in your water supply is actually a legal requirement if you are an employer or dutyholder.
The best way to protect those around you is by carrying out water monitoring at least annually and more frequently if any work has been carried out on your premises.
If a house, flat or office has been left empty for a long period of time, it is essential for a thorough assessment to be carried out before the building is let, or employees move in.
A risk assessment is a simple series of tests, carried out by a trained legionella consultant, to check for the presence of legionella bacteria in your water supply. The test will cover several key areas:
- Identify, quantify and assess the potential sources of risk of exposure;
- Assess the existing control measures already in places such as service records, cleaning and monitoring regimes;
- Assess the level of training, awareness and competence in regard to the management of legionella;
- Provide guidance on any remedial actions to reduce any potential exposure to legionella bacteria.
We regularly out legionella testing for our clients across the UK, including Northampton Hope Centre – a charity which supports people across Northamptonshire who are dealing with hardship.
We’re always here to help – on World Water Monitoring Day and every day.
The consequences of not taking action against legionella on World Water Monitoring Day:
If left undetected, legionella bacteria has the potential to cause serious illness, particularly in those who are more vulnerable including the elderly or those whose immune systems are compromised.
If droplets containing legionella bacteria are inhaled, it can cause Legionnaires’ Disease – a severe form of pneumonia which can be fatal if not treated promptly.
According to the NHS, the symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease include:
- A cough;
- Shortness of breath;
- Chest pain or discomfort, particularly when breathing or coughing;
- A high temperature;
- Flu-like symptoms
This World Water Monitoring Day make it your pledge to book your legionella risk assessment today – you’ll find all the information you need on our dedicated website, including frequently asked questions, information about five-star rated book, Legionella: The Dark Arts and access to our calendar where you can book a FREE, no-obligation 30-minute consultation with a member of our health and safety team.
If you’re inspired by World Water Monitoring Day and want to learn more, give our friendly team a call on 01604 930380.