Legionella Test Kit
Legionella Testing Kit: Legionella species are the causative agent of Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever. Environmental Legionella transmission occurs through aerosolized or airborne droplets containing the bacteria being inhaled. It is important to avoid exposure to environmental Legionella, and remediate the source if it is present in a building or facility.
Common sources where Legionella may be found environmentally include: cooling towers, swimming pools, domestic hot-water systems, fountains, and similar dissemination that tap into a public water supply. Natural sources of Legionella include freshwater ponds and creeks.
Do-It-Yourself Legionella Testing Made Easy
The Legionella Test Kit comes with a water sample collection bottle. Use the collection bottle to draw water directly from the test site.
- When collecting water from a cooling tower, collect a half bottle of water in the bottle, 500 ml.
- When collecting potable water for testing, collect a full bottle of water, 1000 ml.
Once the water is collected in the sterilized screw cap collecting bottles, tightly screw on the cap and use the provided materials to return the sample to the laboratory of analysis
Legionella Test Kit comes with all you need to collect water samples for Legionella screening and laboratory testing is included, there are no hidden fees.
Testing is provided by Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab), an ELITE CDC Certified Laboratory. You will receive your final comprehensive lab report with 14 – 21 days. Quantitative results are given terms Colony Forming Unit (CFU) to identify the presence of Legionella.
Legionella Testing Notes
When collecting water from a cooling tower, DO NOT collect the heavy sediment at bottom of the tank and DO NOT scrape the sides of the tower.
The ideal sample would be the clearest possible water. Sample must be sent to the laboratory within 24-48 hours for analysis.
Where is Legionella Most Likely to be Found?
Legionella Test Kit identifies if Legionella is present in your water. The main type of bacterium that makes up the family of bacterium known collectively as Legionella is Legionella pneumophila. There are other bacteria also related to it. This group of bacterium know as Legionella are most often found in natural water sources. Natural water sources like ponds, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and runoffs, though usually in relatively low concentration. These bacterium can also live in manmade structures and purpose-built water systems like pools, hot tubs, HVAC cooling towers, sprinkler systems, evaporative condensers, and hot and cold water systems and more. This is where Legionella Test Kit comes in. To help identify if your system is harboring the bacteria so it may be safely remediated.
Legionnaires Disease NYC Regulations
All owners of cooling towers in New York State are required to register, maintain, sample, disinfect and notify local health departments and the public of elevated levels of Legionella.
- Cooling Tower Requirements, Forms, Guides, & Templates
- Register a Cooling Tower & Submit Reports in New York State (NY.gov secure account).
- Cooling towers in New York City must also be registered with the City’s Registry.
- Presentation: 10 NYCRR Part 4, Subpart 4-1, Protection Against Legionella, (PDF, 18pg, 518KB)
- Order Cooling Tower Educational Materials
Documented appearances of Legionella Include
- It’s possible to carry Legionella bacteria without knowing it
- Some who have Legionella may experience flu-like conditions
- fever, chills
- dry cough
- diarrhea and nausea
- Other advanced conditions of pneumonia may also present.
- It’s important to test for environmental Legionella to avoid exposure