What is Legionella?
You may have heard about Legionella bacteria and the health risks it poses, but you’re not sure if your home or office is at risk. Or do you simply need a UKAS Legionella testing certificate for your business?
Each year, Legionnaires’ disease kills hundreds of people in the UK. Many more people are infected with the Legionella bacteria, but don’t know it because the symptoms can be mistaken for other illnesses. As a result, the disease can often be a conundrum to medical professionals.
The best way to find out if your home, office or other business is at risk is to get Legionella water testing done.
Aqua Vue is one of only a handful of Legionella water testing companies that connects you directly to a UKAS certified lab at an affordable price. We do this by minimizing overheads and allowing you to collect the water samples yourself.
Our team will send you a kit with everything you need to collect a sample of water for testing. Our courier then collects the sample and delivers it to a UKAS-certified lab within 24 hours. This timeframe is important as the stability period for Legionella water testing is only 48 hours.
How long does the Legionella testing take?
Because the bacteria itself can take a long time to grow in the culture medium, the final results can take up to 10 days.
What is this suitable for?
Our services are ideal for water quality testing in all potable water sources, from taps, water fountains, and wells to ponds or rainwater. Our state-of-the-art UKAS-certified labs ensure that you get accurate results on a wide range of contaminants in your drinking water samples so have a browse through our other water testing kits.
How does the test work?
Once your water sample is received in our UK-based lab, our scientists start the bacteria culturing process according to UKAS certification methods. The methods employed are based on ISO 11731:1998 – Water Quality – Detection and Enumeration of Legionella (parts 1 and 2).
The test gives out the following parameters, with a LOD of only 20 cfu/I.
Results are reported as Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1, Legionella pneumophila serogroups 2-15 or Legionella species (with identified species in the majority of cases).