Below are some of the most frequently asked questions, hopefully this helps but if you can’t find what you are looking for below please do not hesitate to contact us and ask!
Q. How do you catch legionella?
A. Legionella bacteria needs to get into the lungs, in almost all cases this means that you need to inhale the bacteria contained within water droplets in an aerosol.
Q. Can you catch legionella by drinking water?
A. Normally no, the only way to contract the disease is to have the bacteria get into your lungs. If the water you were drinking was contaminated firstly, then you choked and the water went into your lungs by mistake, then possibly. But this chance is so remote that it is not worth worrying about.
Q. Can people catch Legionnaire’s disease in the UK?
A. Any water system that has the right conditions to allow the bacteria to grow can cause risks. The bacteria does not discriminate over geographical location simply whether it can multiply in sufficient numbers. So yes you can catch it in the UK. However according to government figure a large proportion of the reported cases each year are from people who have contracted the disease whilst in other countries.
Q. Do I need to do a legionella risk assessment?
A. In short yes, however depending on the complexity of the water system(s) that you have there may be no need to ever review this assessment unless a change is made to the system.