Alex Winter

Alex Winter
Alex is a Marketing Contributor and has 5+ years in water treatment and ACoP L8 compliance and works across all six linked areas of the business; Water Treatment, Waste Water, Water Hygiene, Air Hygiene, Engineering and Legionella Training.

Recent Posts

Why is domestic water tank cleaning essential and how do you do it?

February 4, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Domestic water tanks should be inspected regularly and cleaned when deemed necessary. It is also a key component in adhering to the HSG274 and ACoP L8 guidelines.

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Fulfilling your legal duties regarding Legionella - the risk assessment

December 19, 2019 at 4:40 PM

In the United Kingdom, there is a legal obligation for anyone responsible for maintaining water systems in buildings to mitigate the risk of Legionella. This is supported by prosecutions and fines for Duty Holders found to have failed to comply with regulations and endangered human health.

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What is the link between Legionnaires' Disease and Pneumonia

November 4, 2019 at 2:29 PM

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia, but what exactly is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is the name given to an inflammation of the tissue in one or both lungs. Your lungs are made up of air sacs known as alveoli and when these are affected – in the case of Legionnaires’ by bacterial infection – they become inflamed and may fill with fluid or pus causing symptoms such as a cough, chills, fever and difficulty in breathing.

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What is Legionnaires' Disease?

September 6, 2019 at 11:56 AM

Legionnaires' disease is a serious form of pneumonia which infects the lungs.

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New L8 training courses for Hospitality and Leisure Operators

August 8, 2019 at 10:01 AM

WCS Group, the leading water treatment, water hygiene and air hygiene company in the UK, has added additional training courses which are tailored for Hospitality and Leisure operators. The four additional courses are; Legionella Awareness (Leisure Operators), Practical Legionella Course (Asset Management), Swimming Pool and Spa Testing and Water Management, Pool and Plant for Leisure Operators.

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How temperature affects legionella bacteria in water systems

August 7, 2019 at 9:51 AM

Every year a significant number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease are reported, many resulting in long illnesses or even deaths.

It’s a potentially fatal disease that is not going away and could even be on the rise.

The disease is a type of pneumonia which can prove fatal to people who are likely to be more susceptible to its effects – the elderly, people with lung conditions, people with weakened immune systems and anyone who drinks or smokes heavily.

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Drinking water quality and bacteria in water distribution systems (Part 2)

July 25, 2019 at 10:01 AM

In Part 1, we looked at bacteria and viruses in water, common water treatment techniques to manage bacteria in water and common waterborne pathogens. In Part 2, we consider how pipe material, pipe age, the physical integrity of the water distribution system, the number and type of water storage systems, and water chemistry and flow may influence drinking water quality. We also look at water safety and disinfection strategies designed to protect water distribution systems and human health. 

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Drinking water quality and bacteria in water distribution systems (Part 1)

July 23, 2019 at 2:56 PM

Drinking water quality is something we take for granted in the UK but it is still the preoccupation of Water Safety Group team members, microbiologists, site facility managers and water hygiene technicians. We now understand the greatest risk to human health is from waterborne pathogens, viruses and infections existing largely between water entering our buildings and the building water distribution system in it, as well as the last few metres before point of delivery. So how are microbes and pathogens in our water distribution systems best managed?

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Water quality, water microbiology and common contaminants

July 18, 2019 at 3:55 PM

Despite vast improvements in water safety, drinking water is still occasionally contaminated with pathogens and waterborne illness continue to occur. Advances in microbiology are providing new ways for us to study and understand what microbes live and thrive naturally in our water distribution systems and how we can maintain clean, safe water in buildings and especially in the last few metres – at point of delivery.

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What you need to know about Legionella: symptoms, treatment and recovery

July 11, 2019 at 1:29 PM

Legionnaires' disease is an extreme form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. It can be caught by inhaling water droplets containing the bacteria. Legionella bacteria grow when water temperatures are between 20-45°C, where nutrients, such as rust, sludge, scale, sediment and algae are available, and also where water is stagnant in the water system (eg, if a shower or tap is not regularly used).

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