Legionaires Disease

What Is Legionnaires' Disease?

Legionnaires' Disease is a rare but potentially serious lung infection caused by inhaling small water droplets or aerosols containing Legionella bacteria. While it is more commonly associated with large building water systems, such as cooling towers and plumbing systems, it's essential to be aware of Legionnaires' Disease prevention in home and garden water features like Hydria.

Understanding the Risk

The risk of contracting Legionnaires' Disease from a Hydria water feature is low. Legionella bacteria thrive in complex water systems found in large buildings and hospitals. Hydria is designed for home and garden use and does not involve intricate plumbing systems or cooling towers.

Prevention Tips for Hydria Owners

1. Routine Cleaning and Maintenance
Regularly clean and maintain your Hydria according to the provided instructions. Keep the water feature clean by removing debris, algae, and any organic matter that can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria.

2. Regular Water Changes
To minimize the risk of bacterial buildup, it's advisable to schedule periodic water changes for your Hydria. Consider changing the water at least once a month, and even more frequently during hotter months. By refreshing the water, you help maintain water quality and reduce the potential for bacterial growth. Ensure the replacement water is clean and free from contaminants to keep your Hydria's environment safe and hygienic.

3. Temperature Control and Sunlight Protection

Legionella bacteria thrive in warm water. If possible, avoid keeping the water temperature in your Hydria consistently above 20°C (68°F). To help regulate the water temperature and prevent excessive heating due to direct sunlight, consider covering your Hydria water feature with decorative mosaics or pebbles. This not only adds aesthetic appeal but also creates a more comfortable environment for your Hydria and reduces the risk of Legionella bacteria growth.

4. Aeration and Water Flow
Encourage water aeration and circulation within your Hydria water feature. Legionella bacteria thrive in stagnant water, so maintaining a gentle water flow can help reduce the risk of bacterial growth. Ensure your Hydria's pump or fountain head is functioning correctly to keep the water moving. This continuous circulation discourages the multiplication of Legionella bacteria, contributing to a safer water environment.

5. Disinfection
Some Hydria owners may choose to use non-toxic, water-safe disinfection products to help control bacteria.

Additional Resources

For more detailed information on Legionnaires' Disease, its symptoms, and prevention, please refer to trusted sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or your local health authority.

Remember that Hydria is designed for a lower risk of Legionella contamination than complex building systems, but proper maintenance and care are essential to ensure safe and enjoyable use.