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CDC Develops Water Management Guide to Reduce Legionella Risk in Water Systems

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has introduced a new toolkit that includes guidance for reducing the risk for Legionella bacteria to grow and spread within a building's water system. Legionella bacteria can cause a respiratory illness called Legionellosis, a serious form of pneumonia called Legionnaires' disease, or a milder illness called Pontiac fever.

CDC research found the cases of Legionnaires' disease steadily increased between 2000 and 2014. According to the CDC, Legionella grows best in building water systems that are not well maintained.

The "Developing a Water Management Program to Reduce Legionella Growth & Spread in Buildings, A Practical Guide to Implementing Industry Standards" toolkit includes an accessible guide to help building owners and managers evaluate the water system and devices in their buildings to see if they need a program, and then develop an effective water management program if one is needed.

The toolkit includes:

  • A yes/no worksheet to determine if an entire building or parts of it are at increased risk for growing and spreading Legionella.
  • A basic walkthrough of the elements of a Legionella water management program.
  • Scenarios describing common water quality problems and examples of how to respond to them to reduce the risk for Legionella.
  • Special sections and considerations for those who work in healthcare.

Click here to access the CDC's toolkit.

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