Federal Government Lead Action Plan (Drinking Water Safety & Water Quality)

Seventeen separate US Government departments and agencies are now collaborating to advance efforts aimed at “remediating health hazards to keep children safe from lead poisoning.”  The four goals of the Lead Action Plan are: Goal 1: Reduce Children’s Exposure to Lead Sources Goal 2: Identify Lead-Exposed Children and Improve their Health Outcomes Goal 3: Communicate More […]

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Health Officials Investigating 2 Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease

HEALTH  Colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) with moderately-high magnification depicts a large grouping of Gram-negative Legionella pneumophila bacteria. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) The Illinois Department of Public Health said late last week it was investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in patients who had received treatment at the University of Chicago Medical Center. […]

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Utah assisted living center dealing with Legionnaires’ disease

TAYLORSVILLE — An assisted living facility in Taylorsville implemented a no tap water policy after two of its residents contracted Legionnaires’ disease. “The last month has been … very unsettling,” said Norma Soderborg Harris, a resident at Legacy House of Taylorsville. On Thursday, signs hanging in rooms, bathrooms and above drinking fountains warned residents not […]

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Troubleshooting Softener Brine Draw Issues

Water softening has several facets to its proper operation. One of those is proper flow for certain functions. One function of the water softener that directly relates to flow is the brining and rinsing of resin during re-generation. The Brine valve consists of a mechanical valve that opens and closes during brine-draw and refill cycles. […]

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IDPH Investigating Legionella Possibly Associated with Chicago Hospital

2019 in Health | Comments Off on IDPH Investigating Legionella Possibly Associated with Chicago Hospital The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in patients possibly exposed at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago, and a report of Legionella in the facility’s water system.  The investigation is currently limited to this facility; the […]

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Legionnaires’ Disease Resulted in up to 49 Cases

New Hampshire health officials say last summer’s Legionnaires’ disease outbreak resulted in up to 49 confirmed, probable or suspected cases, and was linked to two deaths. HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials say last summer’s Legionnaires’ disease outbreak resulted in up to 49 confirmed, probable or suspected cases, and was linked to two deaths. The […]

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Under Deposit Corrosion in Cooling Water

Under deposit corrosion in cooling systems have been one of the most prevalent problems in our industry.  It is also one of the least understood problems with field level engineers and clients alike. Deposits occur in cooling systems due to colloidal sediment, environmental debris, scale, old corrosion deposits re-depositing on metal surfaces and of course […]

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Legionella exposure sickens 2, causes closure of Waco YMCA

Health authorities in Waco, Texas, are investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease believed to be connected to the Waco Family YMCA. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe type of pneumonia or lung infection caused by Legionella bacteria, which are contracted by inhaling microscopic water droplets in the form of mist or vapor. “Exposure to the Legionella bacteria may have occurred at the Waco Family YMCA,” […]

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