Preventing Legionella in Leisure Facilities
Leisure facilities like swimming pools, spas and hot tubs pose significant risks for Legionella growth if water systems are not properly managed.
The warm, humid conditions combined with aerosol spray, circulation pipes and stagnant areas can allow dangerous Legionella colonies to thrive. This puts staff and patrons at risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease. That’s why legionella prevention in leisure facilities is so important.
As experienced legionella contractors, Pipe Testing Services understands the unique hazards presented by pools, spas and tubs. We help UK leisure centres control risks through comprehensive water safety programmes tailored to your specific needs.
Legionella is a serious threat to leisure facilities, but it can be prevented with proper water management. Pipe Testing Services can help you prevent Legionella in your water systems with our comprehensive water safety programmes. We offer monitoring, testing, disinfection, maintenance, and training services to suit your needs. We offer cost-effective, reliable, and professional Legionella services to help you achieve water safety and compliance. Contact us today to discuss your leisure facility’s water safety requirements. We’re here to help protect patrons and staff from Legionella risks.
What is Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease?
Legionella is a type of bacteria that can grow in water systems, especially in warm and stagnant conditions. Legionella can cause a serious lung infection called Legionnaires’ disease, which can be fatal if not treated promptly. Legionnaires’ disease is usually contracted by inhaling contaminated water droplets or aerosols from showers, taps, fountains, pools, spas, or hot tubs.
According to Public Health England, there were 377 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in England and Wales in 2023, with a mortality rate of 10%.
The majority of these cases were linked to exposure to water systems in Schools and Universities, hospitals, food plants, and leisure facilities. Legionnaires’ disease can have a significant impact on the health and well-being of staff and patrons, as well as the reputation and finances of the facility owners and operators.
Why are Leisure Facilities at Risk of Legionella Growth?
Leisure facilities like swimming pools, spas and hot tubs pose significant risks for Legionella growth if water systems are not properly managed. The warm, humid conditions combined with aerosol spray, circulation pipes and stagnant areas can allow dangerous Legionella colonies to thrive. This puts staff and patrons at risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued specific guidance for the management of legionella prevention in leisure facilities. The guidance states that facility owners and operators have a legal duty to assess and control the risks of Legionella in their water systems, and to comply with the relevant health and safety regulations and standards.
How can Pipe Testing Services Help you Prevent Legionella in your Water Systems?
As experienced legionella contractors, Pipe Testing Services understands the unique hazards presented by pools, spas and tubs. We help UK leisure centres control risks through comprehensive water safety programmes tailored to your specific needs. Our water safety programmes include:
Regular testing for Legionella bacteria in pool water is crucial. We can provide weekly or monthly sampling and laboratory analysis to check for contamination. This enables early detection so prompt disinfection can be performed if necessary. We also test disinfectant residuals, pH, temperature and other water quality parameters. This ensures your pool water stays balanced and sanitary. Careful monitoring is key to stopping Legionella before it spreads.
Sufficient disinfectant like chlorine or bromine prevents Legionella growth in pools. Levels must be kept within recommended ranges for optimum efficacy. We check disinfectant residuals and can advise on adjusting your pool’s treatment systems as needed. We also provide periodic shock dosing with chlorine or bromine to provide extra disinfection and kill any Legionella present.
Stagnation encourages Legionella colonies in pool plumbing. Regular flushing removes sediment and keeps water moving. Pipe cleaning removes biofilms that allow Legionella growth in jets and pipes. We can incorporate pipe maintenance into your water safety plan. We can also suggest pool plumbing improvements to eliminate dead legs and reroute pipes to reduce areas prone to stagnation.
A water safety plan is only effective if properly implemented. We train your pool staff on how to check and adjust disinfectant levels, monitor water quality parameters, perform routine maintenance and system flushing, recognise hazards or issues, and respond to emergencies like positive Legionella tests. With the right training, your team can continue Legionella prevention measures between our visits.
What are the Benefits of Choosing Pipe Testing Services?
By choosing Pipe Testing Services, you can enjoy the following benefits:
Get in Touch with Pipe Testing Services Today
Water safety is not something to gamble with. Legionella bacteria can lurk in your water systems and cause serious harm if left unchecked. With PTS as your partner, you can implement a comprehensive Legionella prevention programme tailored to your leisure facility. We make it simple and affordable to protect your staff and patrons.
Contact us today for a free quote or consultation. Our Legionella specialists are here to help!
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