Recent report from TÜV Rheinland and German broadcaster ARD on microbial contamination of public water supply systems raises concerns over waterborne infections
DREIEICH, Germany, August 11, 2011 - Microbiological results from a test by TÜV Rheinland (Germany) and German broadcaster ARD showed that every second water sample analyzed from publicly accessed buildings and vehicles was contaminated (based on total bacterial count), and some of them with E.coli or coliforms and Legionella. In all, 50 water samples, including those from city halls, hospitals, nursing homes and universities, across 10 major German cities were analyzed.
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“For people with suppressed immune systems, these contaminants can constitute a health risk,” stated Dr. Walter Dormagen, an expert in microbiology at TÜV Rheinland, a quality and safety certification company.
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The responsibility for drinking water quality lies with the operator/owner of each public building, according to the German drinking water regulation ("Verordnung über die Qualität von Wasser für den menschlichen Gebrauch." Trinkwasserverordnung - TrinkwV 2001, BGBl. I(24) p. 959-980). Water used by end consumers should be free from pathogens and should not impair human health.
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