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Combating legionella tops pipe ‘must have’ list

Legionella is topping the list of considerations when specifying pipework systems for hot water networks, according to research from Durapipe UK.

More than 80% (86%) of contractors and consultants questioned stated that ‘preventing the risk of legionella developing in pipework systems’ is a major factor in the specification decision.

The issue hit the headlines once again last month following the outcome of an investigation into the 2012 Legionnaire’s disease outbreak in Edinburgh.

With sanitary hot water and air conditioning circuits most at risk of contamination from legionella bacteria, it seems the pipework systems that serve these applications are being assessed for their suitability to limit bacteria growth.

Now a major priority, almost half (48%) of those questioned revealed that they always look at a pipework’s credentials for limiting legionella bacteria growth, while 38% advised it is a consideration for relevant applications.

Further demonstrating the importance that this issue holds, just 6% of respondents admitted it is not something that is usually thought about when selecting pipework products.

Durapipe building services brand manager Des Dolan said: “It is positive to see so many people thinking about the impact of Legionella bacteria developing in pipework systems and looking to products that can limit this growth.

“As we have seen in recent years, Legionnaire’s disease is a very real risk and it is important to protect the public as much as possible from this threat. By specifying pipe solutions that can slow the process of bacterial growth, contractors and consultants can be confident they have installed a water or air conditioning system that is safe to use.”

Combatting Legionella & Water Treatment conference

The 12th Annual Combatting Legionella & Water Treatment conference will take place on 29-30 September at Aston Villa Park in Birmingham.

A comprehensive and cutting-edge event, the conference ensures engineering and facilities management teams are able to prevent legionella bacteria from developing and comply with water safety regulations.

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