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Smart Legionella Control – a ‘no-brainer’ that saves time, money and resources in climate and energy crises

monitor Legionella bacteria in water to meet legionella compliance obligation

The time has come to give full play to smart legionella control solutions in making buildings safer. A legionella compliance strategy is a must-have for commercial buildings.

Staring down the barrel of the most severe energy crisis since the oil shocks of the 1970s, governments all across Europe are urging businesses and consumers to examine every option in controlling energy costs and reducing waste, right now, while they try to forge a longer-term solution. All against a backdrop of destruction caused by a rapidly changing climate.

ZiggyTec’s IoT solutions are designed to make buildings smarter, safer and more sustainable. We have a significant role to play in helping to resolve these twin crises. We believe that the time has come to give such solutions full play.

We’ve previously written about the significant impact indoor air quality monitoring can have on reducing wasted energy by optimising energy-guzzling heating and ventilation systems in large buildings.

More recently, we’ve been urging those responsible for Legionella bacteria control in commercial buildings – a mandatory Legionella regulation activity – to consider a Smart Legionella Control solution.

Revolutionizing Legionella Compliance: Eliminating Water Waste and Maximizing Resources

As attractive as they are, given today’s crises, these great benefits almost pale in comparison to the fact that a smart legionella control solution can eliminate the need to flush up to 95% of taps – hot and cold – literally pouring money and precious resources down the drain as the meter-wheels spin ever faster.

In Ireland, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) advises that Legionella risk can be controlled by implementing measures that prevent the growth of Legionella within water systems, primarily by avoiding water temperatures between 20 and 50 degrees Celsius. And by ensuring that water does not stagnate, we eliminate the opportunity for Legionella to grow. In the UK, detailed guidelines known as ACOP L8 are available to duty-holders, outlining everything from risk assessments to SOPs, to control measures.

One typical control measure during traditional checks is tap flushing. A trained and qualified person will go around the building – anywhere there is a tap. That person will manually record the temperature of flowing water, to ensure that Legionella has not had a chance to grow and that the risk of a building user contracting Legionella is therefore negligible.

Of course, the protection of human health is of paramount concern, and we support all measures taken to safeguard it. The environmental and financial impact of this method is evident without much imagination.

Streamlining Legionella regulations with Smart Legionella Control Solution

To obtain accurate manual readings, approximately three litres of water are used for a cold tap and five litres for a hot tap. For the latter, estimating the gas or electricity volume needed for optimum temperatures is challenging due to varying heating systems in different buildings. However, it’s safe to say that a significant amount of energy could be saved.

When you consider the numerous taps in buildings across Ireland, the UK, and Europe, where a Legionella control strategy applies, your eyes will water.

ZiggyTec’s Smart Legionella Control solution saves time, money, and resources, meeting Legionella control obligations cost-effectively. By automating temperature readings every 10 seconds, and sending these readings to a cloud-based platform. The platform provides daily, weekly, and monthly temperature and usage data, ensuring you stay compliant with Legionella regulations. It also offers real-time information.

Real-time Alerts, Efficient Monitoring, and Ongoing Support

The system also provides real-time alerts of non-compliance events, allowing clients to take action in a proactive, timely way. The system transmits data 24/7 over a dedicated Internet of Things network, keeping it completely separate from buildings’ network systems. The simple, cost-effective monthly subscription fee includes all communication costs.

The long-life battery lasts approximately 10 years. Our smart system detects when batteries are running low, and we replace them when needed, free of charge. ZiggyTec’s state-of-the-art dashboards also show non-compliance events in real-time and automatically highlight other concerns.

The reports will automatically reduce the need for flushing by up to 95%. This will save thousands of litres of water – and tonnes of energy – every year, ensuring a rapid return on investment.

In addition to your automated instant alerts, you have access to ongoing customer support from our dedicated team. We’re on hand to help with any new configuration requirements, any maintenance issues, or anything at all.

Talk to us today to find out more about our smart solutions.

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