Why is water hygiene important?

At H2O Comply, we believe clean water should be available to everyone. It is an essential part of our daily lives. Without it, a person's health can suffer, as unclean water can harbour bacteria and contribute to the transmission of diseases. Contact us today to see how we can help you make your water systems safe and compliant. With a variety of services from which to choose, we are sure you will be happy working with us.

Legionnaires' Disease

Legionnaires' Disease is a potentially fatal form of Pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria. Infection is caused by breathing in small droplets of water contaminated by the bacteria.

Who is affected?

Legionnaires Disease

Everyone is potentially susceptible, but some are at a higher risk than others:

Where is Legionella Bacteria Found?

Legionella bacteria are common in natural watercourses such as rivers and ponds. Since legionella are widespread in the environment, they may contaminate cooling towers, hot and cold water systems and decorative fountains. They thrive in temperatures between 20°C - 45°C and will multiply if the conditions are right. Scale, algae, sludge and rust can provide them with a source of nutrition.

What is the best course of action?

Legionella bacteria is killed at high temperatures and by chemical disinfections.

E.coli

There are many types of E.coli. While most of them are harmless, some can cause bloody diarrhea. In some cases, E. coli may cause severe anemia or kidney failure, which can lead to death.

Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen. It exploits a break in the host defences to initiate an infection. The bacterium almost never infects uncompromised tissues, yet there is hardly any tissue that it cannot infect if the defenses are compromised. It can cause a range of infections, such as in the uninary tract, the respiratory system, gastrointestinal, bones and joints.

Who is affected?

Everyone is potentially susceptible, but some are at a higher risk than others:

  • Cystic fibrosis patients
  • Patients with severe burns.
  • AIDS and cancer patients who are immunosuppressed.

Infection is a serious problem in patients hospitalized with cancer, cystic fibrosis and burns. The case fatality rate in these patients is near 50 percent.

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