Chesterfield Launches Legionella Webpage

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — This week Chesterfield launches a new webpage for information regarding response efforts to the presence of Legionella, a bacteria that was found in cooling towers at several county school buildings and other nearby facilities over the summer. The County Response to Legionella webpage,www.chesterfield.gov/legionella, will be live by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. It will serve as a repository of shared information, progress updates and resources as the county continues to monitor the work of the Virginia Department of Health and Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) to resolve the issue. 

 

The website includes:

 

  • An educational video on cooling towers maintenance and cleaning
  • Status reports tracking the cleaning and testing of cooling towers, provided by CCPS
  • A timeline of the county’s response to Legionella, from July 14, 2019, to present
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Legionella updates at county Board of Supervisors meetings
  • Reports of school maintenance and HVAC water treatment inspections
  • Resources including: Contact information for Chesterfield County Public Schools, Department of Risk Management, Chesterfield County Health District, Virginia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Naturally occurring in lakes and streams, Legionellabecomes a health concern when it begins growing in human-made building water systems, such as showerheads, hot water tanks or cooling towers. In humans, Legionella can cause legionellosis, which includes Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever. To learn more about the disease, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention