Mitigating Legionella Concerns in Vacant Buildings

February 1, 2021 Christoph Lohr, PE The current COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated many weaknesses regarding how we design and construct water systems in our buildings. The most critical example is the rise in vacant buildings and the resulting potential for bacterial amplification. As water sits in piping systems, oxidizing disinfectants such as chlorine or chloramine […]

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1 dead, 3 others hospitalized in Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at North Portland apartment complex

Health and Fitness – The Organian Updated 08 January 2021 By Jayati Ramakrishnan | The Oregonian/OregonLive An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a North Portland apartment complex has sickened four people, Multnomah County health officials said Tuesday. One of those people has died. County officials told more than 100 residents of Rosemont Court on Dekum Street to leave […]

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Legionnaires’ disease in the time of COVID-19

Pneumonia volume 13, Article number: 2 (2021) Cite this article Due to similarities in initial disease presentation, clinicians may be inclined to repeatedly test community-acquired pneumonia cases for COVID-19 before recognizing the need to test for Legionnaires’ disease. Legionnaires’ disease is an illness characterized by pneumonia that has a summer/early fall seasonality due to favorable conditions for Legionella growth and exposure. Legionella proliferate in warm […]

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Biofilm Monitoring – AWT Cooling Subcommittee

Press Release Date:     January 22, 2021 “Biofilm Monitoring: A How-To Guide for Practical Cooling Water Management” makes the cover page of the most recent edition of “the Analyst”, the water treatment industry’s premier periodical published by the Association of Water Technologies. Authored by AWT Cooling Subcommittee Representatives John Caloritis, CWT of The Metro Group, Inc., […]

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Certified Legionella Specialists – ASSE 12080

Press Release  Date:     January 21, 2021 Metro District Manager Mark Botsford, CWT, has become latest member of the Metro team to become a Certified Legionella Specialist per the ASSE 12080 Standard. In April 2020, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) designated the American Society of Sanitary Engineers (ASSE) 12080 Professional Qualifications Standard for Legionella Water […]

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Legionnaires and COVID-19

11 January 2021 – News & Insight  While COVID-19 is at the forefront of people’s minds, Legionella is one hazard that may be overlooked as people return to their workplaces. Legionnaires’ disease – is COVID-19 helping spread this potentially The bacteria thrives in water that is left stagnant between temperatures of 20–45°C and with many […]

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Certified Legionella Specialists – ASSE 12080

Press Release  Date:September 9, 2020 By: Vinny O’Reilly   In April 2020, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) designated the American Society of Sanitary Engineers (ASSE) 12080 Professional Qualifications Standard for Legionella Water Safety and Management as an American National Standard. The ASSE 12080 Standard defines the minimum qualifications required to become a Certified Legionella Specialist.  Certified Legionella Specialists […]

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The Truth About Anode Bars

s the company who wrote the book on HVAC water treatment (literally  wrote the book: Water Treatment for HVAC Water Systems) we have a unique perspective on how to best manage corrosion in boilers and hot water heaters. Several times per year, our clients from across the US will ask us about the use of sacrificial […]

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Water Testing for Safe Reopening

Navigating the various guidelines to ensure the safety of building occupants can be easier with The Metro Group and our CDC Certified Laboratory.  A full spectrum of water quality tests are available including Legionella, Lead, E Coli and HPC’s that will validate safe water quality and put your mind at ease.  Good  test results demonstrate […]

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