Legionella control reduces the risk of people contracting Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionnaires’ disease is a severe infection that typically presents as pneumonia and symptoms may include a high fever, cough, muscle aches, headaches and diarrhea. It is most commonly contracted from contaminated water-cooling systems.
Please contact the Public Health Unit and ask to speak with an Environmental Health Officer on 1300 066 055 if you have any concerns about legionella.
The most up to date information regarding legionella can be found on the NSW Government Health website.
How can this help?
This information will help you to:
- Access guidelines for the safe and effective management of water – cooling systems
- Access further information on the management of warm water systems
- Notify your local council that you have/operate a water – cooling system
- Access protocols and policy directives which are in place to manage specific risks related to water-cooling systems
- Understand and access legionella control legislation (Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012). This legislation for example defines the roles, responsibilities and basis for managing water-cooling systems including cooling towers, warm-water systems and thermostatic mixing valves
- Access information on the NSW Legionella Taskforce who is working with stakeholders to review and develop the new regulatory approach to managing water-cooling systems in NSW
If you need more information please contact an Environmental Health Officer on 1300 066 055.