Legionella round-up September 2020

Legionella round up September 2020

by | Oct 6, 2020 | Blog | 0 comments

Legionella continues to cause problems for organisations opening up their premises after lockdown. In September there were a number of reports about problems caused by elevated levels in water systems of companies that had to close their doors for a few months, with the subsequent expense and disruption this brings. Here’s a round-up of news articles about legionella and Legionnaires’ disease over the last month.

Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in the Midlands

In West Bromwich, there have been three confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, with others suspected. Although there is no link between the affected people, who are being treated in hospital, it is thought there must be a common source, and urgent investigations are ongoing.

Care home at risk

Senior managers at a Derry care home were forced to find temporary accommodation for 39 residents when legionella bacteria were found in the home’s water system – though thankfully none of the residents or staff are showing any symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease. The home will be closed until the completion of remedial work.

Prison outbreak

In the United States, two prisoners at a correctional centre in Illinois were hospitalised with Legionnaires’ disease, prompting an urgent water quality assessment.

Legionella after lockdown

A number of different organisations in the United States have found elevated levels of legionella bacteria in their water systems after months of lockdown. This included buildings leased by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which had to close some of its own facilities after legionella bacteria were found in the water systems.

Schools in Pittsburgh and New York have had difficulties with elevated levels of legionella bacteria. In Pittsburgh, four schools had their water systems subjected to extreme water temperatures, drained, refilled and flushed. However, despite these measures, three of the schools are still showing some elevated levels and will have to go through the same procedures again. A similar situation occurred in the New York schools where the use of water from kitchen sinks had to be suspended. It was safe enough for staff and students to be in the buildings, but all the schools had to provide bottled water.

The expense and disruption of having elevated levels of legionella bacteria in your water system can severely impact your business. Regular assessments and testing can help prevent outbreaks and negative PR that can follow. Contact us to find out more.

Legionella and Water Hygiene Blog Posts

Legionella roundup March 2021

As the UK comes out of lockdown, many businesses are doing their best to ensure their premises are COVID-secure. However, with premises being empty for months, the risk of legionella bacteria thriving in unused water systems is high, leading to national...

What is a dead leg?

In terms of your company’s water system, a dead leg is a section of piping that is no longer used, or rarely used. It is generally created when modifications have been made to the system and piping removed, leaving a small ‘leg’ that is capped. Without...

Legionella Roundup January 2021

Over the past couple of months, press reports about the legionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ disease have been prevalent in the USA. There have been no media reports of problems in the UK, which is good news. And there’s more good news coming from...

Water Hygiene Services

Risk Assessments

All water systems require an risk assessment.

Remedial Works

Reduce your legionella risks all in one place.

Legionella Testing

Legionella and water quality testing.

Tank Cleaning

Water tank cleaning for all shapes and sizes.

Legionella Training

Flexible E-learning courses, duration 2-3hrs.


New mains, tank or full system chlorinations.


Let the specialists control & management your risk.


Specialist, professional, experienced advice.

Why do so many choose uRisk?

25 Years Experience

Over 25 years of water hygiene and legionella control experience.

Customer Service Excellence

Friendly and simple advice by phone, email & online at your convenience.

City & Guilds Qualified

All staff are trained water hygiene consultants and engineers.

Nationwide Coverage

With engineers located all across the UK, we’re never too far away.

UKAS Accredited Testing

Our labs are UKAS approved providing you with quality assurance.

Full Compliance Services

Your one stop shop for legionella control, no need to go elsewhere.