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Prevent Legionnaires Outbreak with Cooling Tower Coating

Posted on July 4, 2012

With Legionnaires disease continuing to sweep Edinburgh, and the victim count on the rise, there is no better time to wise up on this incredibly harmful, airborne disease, and the importance of lining and cooling tower coating to protect it from contamination, ensuring it isn’t responsible for the possible 7KM spread of this potentially fatal pneumonia spreading infection. COVAC can assist to make sure your cooling tower is as safe as can be.

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As an up to date figure, the number of cases in Edinburgh has now risen to an astonishing 95, with 48 confirmed and 47 suspected, the disease is seemingly rampant in the area. Three patients are currently in intensive care, whilst the rest are in differing states of infection.

The Disease

Legionnaire’s disease is a dangerous infection that has caused trouble in the past, most notably in 2004 when an outbreak in France resulted in 18 deaths over 86 cases. The culprit in this case was, in fact, a cooling tower in a petrochemical plant. The chemicals travelled over seven kilometres to infect some of the cases in this instance.

The source of the bacterium is almost always water supplies, and when tiny droplets of infected water splash out into the environment, the bacterium stays in the air, invisible, able to travel and easily inhaled.

What to Do

Naturally, the most important thing to do in this situation is to protect your environment by being absolutely certain your cooling tower is cared for, protected from corrosion or a substrate that could potentially harbour bacteria.  COVAC have the professional expertise and experience to do this, ensuring your cooling tower is thoroughly relined using a solvent free urethane coating system. If your tower is corroded in any way, this is the ideal breeding environment for the bacteria that contains Legionella and as such should be repaired and relined. The good news is that it CAN be refurbished, and a replacement isn’t usually required.

Our qualified, trained specialists are ready to help ensure your cooling tower isn’t the source of an outbreak, and with a friendly and knowledgeable service nurtured by putting our customers first, COVAC are your complete anti-Legionnaires disease solution.

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