ALS Australia has verified Zip Water’s claim that its new system reduces Legionella by 99.9 percent.
The new Zip HydroTap UltraCare is a multi-barrier system designed to protect from harmful Legionella bacteria while still providing the convenience of instant boiling and chilled water.
“While there is no silver bullet for protecting against Legionella,” says Zip Water marketing and strategy director Mike Abbot, “we have included a combination of the systemic and localised treatments for disinfection systems outlined in the guidelines, that more than meets the recommended multi-treatment approach.”
The Australian Federal Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) developed and released a set of guidelines in 2015 for Legionella control in the operation and maintenance of water distribution systems in health and aged are facilities. States and territories have been tasked with developing individualised water management plans for each health and aged care facility under their jurisdiction to manage and control health risks associated with the supply and use of water.
HydroTap UltraCare system testing was undertaken on two key barriers – MicroPurity Filter and MicroPurity UV-C LED module. Together these two barriers deliver a 99.9 percent reduction in Legionella, as found by ALS Australia’s testing of the system’s efficacy.
Microbiological laboratory and in-field testing was conducted by ALS Pty Ltd, a NATA-accredited laboratory, for performance:
- laboratory testing to validate the effectiveness of the UltraCare system in removing Legionella pneumophila, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Heterotrophic organisms from potable water inoculated with these organisms, and
- water sample testing performed in working hospitals with HydroTap UltraCare products to Australian testing standards – AS4276.3.1, AS4276.7, AS4276.13, AS3896 and AS5667.