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Legionnaires’ disease cases have gone up by 400 percent in the last 14 years. Healthcare facilities are increasingly on the hook to reduce their patients’ risk from this potentially deadly form of pneumonia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9 out of 10 cases of Legionnaires’ disease are preventable.1 New standards, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) requirements, news coverage, legal battles, and million-dollar fines are making it clear that facility executives and managers are responsible for taking adequate prevention measures. In fact, with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015, Legionella water safety management programs are now an industry standard for large buildings, including most healthcare facilities in the United States.2
Although my mind is having a difficult time reconciling what I see on the calendar and what is actually happening outside my window, Mother Nature has a way of reminding us to be patient. The birds are chirping in the morning, the squirrels are emerging from their winter nests and if you look really, really closely you can almost see the buds on the trees. The promise of spring also brings the inevitable spring thaw, heavy rains and of course, urban runoff.
IDEXX Water is committed to the relief efforts of devastating natural disasters and we have been a contributor to the clean water efforts of the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the world’s oceans and beaches through education and advocacy.
Growing up in the small rural town of Orocovis in the Central Mountain Range of Puerto Rico, my Mom did not have access running water or electricity. The village, nestled in the lush mountain side in the middle of the island, relied on the fresh mountain river that ran through the valley for water – for drinking, cooking and bathing.
In the August 28, 2017 issue of the Federal Register, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Methods Update Rule that modifies the testing procedures and methods approved for analysis and sampling under the Clean Water Act. In this update, the EPA included an additional approval for Colilert-18 for fecal coliforms in wastewater.