Legionnaires’ Outbreak: What About Your Cooling Towers?Posted on July 18, 2012
You are sure to have heard in recent weeks of the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh and that cooling towers or Air Handling Units (AHU) are said to be the possible culprit. Although this has not been confirmed and officials have claimed that the cause of the outbreak may never be confirmed, it is highly probable that cooling towers or AHU’s in poor condition are likely to be to blame. The importance of ensuring that your cooling towers are maintained to high standards has been highlighted and COVAC urge you to assess your cooling towers and invest in cooling tower repair to rectify/prevent any problems.
Since the Legionnaires’ outbreak in Edinburgh, the number of confirmed and suspected cases has been steadily rising and sadly, the number of deaths is also rising. There has been a third death reported in the Edinburgh area. The number of confirmed cases on 9th July 2012 reached 49 while there are 50 suspected cases. The cause of this outbreak is thought to be cooling towers in the south of Edinburgh. There have been no further cases reported in other areas of the country; however, the outbreak has sparked a cry for all premises to review the condition of their cooling towers to prevent further outbreaks in the future.
Legionnaires’ disease is caused by bacteria called Legionella; Legionella can multiply rapidly if in the right conditions and if your cooling towers are not maintained properly they could become the perfect breeding ground for Legionella. COVAC offer a reliable and efficient cooling tower repair and relining service which could help you to prevent your cooling tower breeding Legionella bacteria.
Even with correct maintenance and water treatment the surfaces of cooling towers can become corroded, which makes cleaning very difficult and additionally, the corrosion provides an excellent food source and ideal breeding ground for the Legionella bacteria. If you’re worried about the condition of your cooling towers, we urge you not to ignore it or push it the back of your mind, investment now can prove very cost effective in the long term.
Whatever maintenance and refurbishment your cooling towers require, we should be your first port of call. Please browse our website to find out more information or call us on 08000 484609 with any questions or enquiries that you may have.