Legionella Testing Lab Services

Legionnaires disease is a potentially fatal infection with members of the bacterial genus Legionella. The disease is caught by the inhalation of droplets of water from water systems containing the organism at high levels.
To make Legionella testing simple Feedwater offer sample kits available to order online. These come with sample bottles, pre-paid return packets and the price includes the analysis and results certificate sent to you by email.

Legionella Lab Water Testing

Legionnaires disease is a potentially fatal infection with members of the bacterial genus Legionella. The disease is caught by the inhalation of droplets of water from water systems containing the organism at high levels. Although Legionnaires disease is relatively rare, other, less serious, infections also occur, such as Pontiac Fever and Lochgoilhead Fever. The true numbers of Legionella infections are not known but the detected outbreaks attract massive publicity and could cause system operators to be prosecuted for serious offences. The HSE publishes guidance on Legionella control and Legionella Testing, known as L8. Complying with L8 helps you to comply with the law.

Feedwater Ltd is a founder member of the Legionella Control Association and runs a UKAS accredited micro laboratory for the testing of Legionella and other water-based bacteria. This analysis is readily available for order online where customers are provided sample kits with pre-paid return packet for analysis at the lab. Where required Feedwater’s nationwide team of consultants can perform sampling as a service also advising on suitable sample points.

24Hr Results for Legionella Testing

As well as the standard CULTURE method which is accredited by UKAS, we also offer the qPCR rapid screening method that can potentially provide legionella testing results on the day the sample comes in! This is particularly useful in a high-risk situation or when a quick answer is required such as for cooling towers or the hotel industry where waiting for news of a negative result can mean rooms out of use for over a week.

*The HSE publication “Legionnaires’ Disease: The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems – Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (L8) states that:

“legionella testing should only be undertaken by laboratories which are accredited to do so by UKAS and who take part in the Health Protection Agency external quality assessment scheme.

So if you want to organise Legionella sampling you have the option of order online by clicking on the product listings or to discuss a sampling regime, Legionella Risk Assessments or getting someone to sample for you Contact Us today.

How do I know when and where to sample?

A sampling regime should be laid out in your Legionella Risk Assessment to advise on what sample points to sample and how often to perform this analysis. If your business doesn’t have a Legionella Risk Assessment or it doesn’t advise on a sampling regime then please speak to us for advice and to arrange an assessment if required.

How can I arrange Legionella sampling?

We offer a service where we take samples from your systems, (identifying sampling points if required) Legionella sampling and all types of water testing can be carried out on a one-off or contract basis. Contact us using the form at the bottom of the page to discuss your water analysis requirements.

If you wish to sample yourself then you can order sample kits by clicking on the product listings above and ordering online, simply fill, return Freepost and wait for your results.

How does postal sampling work?

  • Feedwater will send you appropriate sterile bottles together with a prepaid postage label, packaging and comprehensive instructions
  • You select a sample point and take the sample
  • You post it to the lab on the day of sampling together with your contact details including email address
  • We will process the sample and report the results to you by pdf email as soon as the sample is complete
  • We will tell you what the results mean so you can undertake any corrective action

* These tests are covered in our UKAS accreditation Schedule

pdf downloadDownload our current UKAS Accreditation Schedule

About Our Legionella Analysis & Control Services

We have taken a deliberate decision to be a Centre of Excellence for legionella control, and this is one of the reasons why we are the only UK water treatment company to have its own in-house laboratory accredited by UKAS to carry out legionella analysis & legionnaires testing services. As a further differentiator Feedwater are now one of the only labs in the country to have a qPCR machine for Legionella analysis in under 24hrs! We are legionella experts and our laboratory is always one of the top performers in the HPA EQA scheme.

This means that you can not only be confident of the accuracy of the test results, but also be assured that they will be available in the shortest possible time, with the appropriate interpretation available both from highly-qualified laboratory personnel and our technical service team.

How can I arrange sampling?

If you require a service where we visit site to perform one-off or periodic sampling we can arrange for one of our local consultants to take on this role, if required they may also be able to assist in identifying sampling points, in the case of Legionella sampling it is a requirement for businesses that a legionella risk assessment is performed to identify risk to people and which outlets need to be periodically sampled. If you think you may require a legionella risk assessment please speak to us. In many cases it is simpler and much more cost effective to order sample kits from us online, these include sample bottles and prepaid mailing packs so that you can collect the samples and courier them to us for rapid analysis. This service is available to both our UK and overseas customers (for certain analysis).

Legionella sampling and all types of water testing can be carried out on a one-off or contract basis. Contact us to discuss your water analysis requirements.

Disinfection Services

Water hygiene is an important part of legionella control and our teams of highly trained technicians routinely disinfect both new and incoming water supplies using chlorine in accordance with the requirements of BS6700. If you require tank cleaning, showerhead descaling and other legionella control service please contact us or check out our services using the button below.

Additionally for competent operators and service providers Feedwater can provide chemical bundles for these tasks, see the product listing alongside this section to find out more.

  • Tank Cleaning
  • Cooling Tower Cleaning

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