Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease Risks in Large Scale Solar Water Heating Systems

The United Kingdom has very high standards of drinking water. In almost every case the water that you use from your cold tap will be cleaner and freer from bacteria than bottled water. However, even clean tap water contains bacteria most of which are harmless. The bacterium which has the most potential damage to health is legionella pneumophila which is widespread in nature and most of us come into contact with it all the time without realising it and it does us no harm. However, if the bacteria is fed, warmed and dispersed into droplets vulnerable people can suffer from Legionnaires’ disease caused by inhaling the bacterium. Continue reading