Cooling systems are occasionally shut down. This could be a planned shutdown for maintenance, for example, or an unplanned shutdown, for example a crisis situation such as factories that needed to close due to COVID-19.
A standstill means standing water in pipes and basins, often ideal growing conditions for Legionella bacteria. Breathing aerosols or water spray containing legionella bacteria can cause legionellosis.
When using evaporative cooling towers, also known as wet cooling towers, water is evaporated to achieve cooling. This process can generate aerosols which can, together with water vapor, be spread far into the environment. These aerosols can contain legionella bacteria and are therefore a risk.
Fortunately, that risk can be limited by a correct periodic maintenance of the cooling tower and installation and water treatment. Also, when starting up, different precautions must be taken into account as described in the Legionella Decree of 2007.
Almeco has many years of experience in cooling tower maintenance and can help you to reduce the risk of legionella.