Prevent Spread of Bacteria with Cooling Tower Maintenance
There’s been another outbreak.
This week, a hospital in Central Ohio reported seven patients have contracted Legionnaires’ disease which is linked to Legionella bacteria. About half of Legionnaires’ outbreaks are spread from the mist generated off cooling towers on air conditioning units, according to David Krause, the senior toxicologist for Forensic Analytical Consulting Services in Tallahassee, FL. (source: The Columbus Dispatch, June 4, 2019)
There were nearly 50,000 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease from 2000 to 2015, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because cooling towers and other water sources are known to be an origin for legionella bacteria, it is critically important to have your systems properly cleaned and maintained, along with other areas of your buildings as part of your annual maintenance programs.
We urge you not to neglect your facilities; don’t allow any type of contamination to occur. If you’ve not had your cooling tower systems cleaned and inspected this year, please contact us. We’re here to help.
STC Team Leaders