Drinking water associated disease outbreaks from 2013-14 caused by 42 infectious pathogens were reported by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention in two new reports. These outbreaks led to at least 1,006 cases of illness in 17 states, some leading to hospitalizations.
With an increase in outbreaks from 2011-2012 it is time to pay attention to the quality of your drinking water. Legionella being the cause for more than 57% of these outbreaks. This bacteria causes legionellosis, which is a less severe version of Legionnaire’s desease, manifesting as shortens of breath, cough, fever and muscle and headaches.
Though water systems frequently chlorinate before distributing it, the level of chlorination is not sufficient at times to make it all the way to the end of the system. If the bacteria is not properly treated before they leave the system, they can grow again and cause the farthest regions of the distribution system to become contaminated once again.
Legionella being only one of the pathogens investigated by the CDC report.
Aging water treatment plant infrastructure is one of the major sources of this problem. A second problem is the source where the raw water comes from. These two issues don’t take in to account unreported dumping of toxic chemicals that may enter a water supply.
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