Legionellosis cases on the rise in Virginia

February 25 2020

Reports of Legionellosis cases are increasing in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The disease is caused by Legionella bacterium and it becomes a health concern when it is found in building water systems, as it can cause pneumonia (Legionnaires’ disease) or a flu-like illness (Pontiac fever) when a person breathes in water droplets containing Legionella bacteria. According to VDH, the root cause of the recent rise in Legionellosis cases is largely due to a lack of prevention planning and inadequate routine maintenance on water systems. State lawmakers in the General Assembly are responding with a proposed bill (Senate Bill 410) that would require public schools to maintain a water management program for the prevention of Legionella bacteria.

EEE Consulting, Inc. Offers Routine Testing and Water Management Planning Services

EEE Consulting, Inc. (3e) staff are experienced in Legionella testing, having collected over 750 samples from entry and recirculation lines, backflow preventers, cooling towers, hot water storage tanks and heaters, dishwashers, showers, tubs, faucets, sinks, and whirlpools located in more than 50 healthcare, school, and military facilities throughout Virginia. 3e works with the facilities and their architects and engineers to develop comprehensive Water Management Plans and establish testing protocols for Legionella and other parameters (e.g., residual chlorine, pH, temperature) in accordance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2017 mandate, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 188-2018. 3e partners with an American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) accredited laboratory that uses conventional culture methods with multiple selective media for Legionella analysis. 3e also provides proactive voluntary sampling, follow-up testing for reported detections, and confirmation sampling following cleaning and disinfection of water systems. 

Services offered include:

  • Review of building water systems;
  • Identification of high-risk areas and control measures;
  • Inspections in accordance with CDC guidance and ASHRAE standards;
  • Documentation of the Water Management Plan; and
  • Reporting for facilities, school boards, and healthcare facilities

Review Your Water Management System Today

Water Management Plans and testing for Legionella bacteria are critical tools for protecting the public from the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever. For more information on how 3e develops Legionella testing protocols and Water Management Plans, please contact Sharon Harless, CHMM, at 804-442-3330 x 207 or through our website at: http://www.eee-consulting.com/contact.