Hygiene and the prevention of water-related infections

Controlling waterborne health risks

Healthcare facilities and public buildings need water to function, but water can also be a potential source of infection for the most vulnerable patients and visitors, often with very serious and very visible consequences.

Preventing the health risks associated with waterborne microorganisms (such as Legionella, Pseudomonas and other emerging pathogens) in hot water systems is a major concern for those responsible, especially for departments caring for immunocompromised and vulnerable patients.

Controlling water quality in public buildings requires a comprehensive approach to risk management. Implementing this approach requires thorough knowledge of the water distribution network, and being able to identify the causes of deterioration in water’s microbiological quality. These health risks must be managed for water systems both old and new.