Comprehensive Legionella Treatment & Prevention Services Provided throughout the Tampa Bay Area & Neighboring Regions
As a building owner, you have certain responsibilities related to keeping your occupants safe. One way that you must ensure a healthy environment is by taking the necessary measures to prevent legionella outbreaks caused by your building’s water systems. Legionella is a bacterium found in both potable and non-potable water systems. This waterborne pathogen, which has received a great deal of attention recently due to a number of high-profile outbreaks, can result in Legionnaires’ disease, a serious and often life-threatening form of pneumonia. In fact, legionella has been deemed enough of a threat that certain facilities in the country, especially those that are occupied by seniors and other at-risk populations, are required to have a legionella water treatment plan in place.
How Does Legionella Develop in Commercial Buildings?
Legionnaires’ disease is not contagious and can only be contracted by inhaling aerosolized microscopic water droplets that are contaminated with legionella bacteria or through aspiration. Aspiration means choking while drinking, allowing contaminated water to get past the choking reflexes and enter the lungs.
Most commonly, legionella presents the greatest health risk in your potable water supply. Recirculating hot water systems are particularly susceptible to legionella bacteria. Building occupants can become infected through sinks, showers, ice makers and water fountains. Additionally, decorative water features, hot tubs and cooling towers have also been isolated as sources of the disease.
Fortunately, there are proven methods available for addressing existing legionella issues and minimizing future growth.
Legionella Water Treatment by R2J
As a water treatment company that has served a broad range of industrial, commercial, and institutional clients in the years since our founding in 1982, R2J is a trusted provider of Legionella water treatment services. For these efforts, we partner with industry leaders Special Pathogens Laboratory and HC Info to provide comprehensive water management plans to address:
- Assessing risk – R2J leverages decades of experience with cooling tower and potable water treatment to provide comprehensive legionella risk assessments, accurately identifying and addressing any ways that a building may be vulnerable to legionella contamination.
- Testing water samples – Our partnership with CDC-Elite certified labs allow us to quickly and accurately detect the presence of Legionella in our clients’ water supplies. Our certified labs use Legionella culture, the gold standard of testing for this microorganism. Legionella qPCR testing is available to rapidly identify or rule out the most clinically relevant strains – Legionella pneumophila.
- Implementing preventive measures – R2J works in conjunction with our clients to develop water safety plans that protect people in their buildings from Legionella and other pathogens and comply with CMS and ASHRAE Standard 188.
What if Legionella Is Present in Your Water Supply?
If treatment is deemed necessary in your building, we’ll install a Sanikill treatment system to bring your building’s legionella levels under control. This system utilizes monochloramine, a treatment chemical that works better than other disinfectants due to its highly stable nature, which enables the monochloramine to break through biofilms while minimizing corrosion to the plumbing in your building. We can seamlessly integrate this legionella management system into any existing water treatment program that you have in place, so you can continue your current practices without any major disruption.
Additional Reasons to Choose R2J
When you partner with R2J for legionella risk assessment, testing, and treatment, you can rest easy knowing that your project is in the hands of experts. Not only do we have more than 35 years of experience and a close partnership with one of the country’s most trusted labs, but our team is staffed with trained professionals whose work is overseen by Certified Water Technologists (CWTs) to ensure the best possible results.
To learn more about our legionella treatment and prevention programs, contact R2J today. We’re proud to provide proven water safety services to clients throughout the Tampa Bay area and surrounding regions.