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BBA-inhouse workshop for HWS concerning operational responsibilities: asbestos, gaslines, drinking water installations
On March, 8th, 2018, the educational institute Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Immobilienwirtschaft (BBA) held an inhouse seminar for the staff of Hilfwswerksiedlung Berlin (HWS) addressing specific topics of operator's responsibilities such as remedial work on floor planks and coverings containing asbestos. We gave a brief introduction in the risk management of leaking gas pipes within residential buildings as well as sampling and analysis of drinking water for potentially pathogenic germs such as legionella nad pseudomonas. more...
 
Follow-up study on legionellae shows seasonal effect: 20% less contaminations detected during the summer
On January 31st, Professor Kistemann from the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health of University of Bonn (ihph) presented first results of the follow-up study on legionellae occurence and growth in domestic drinking water installations (warm water systems) for the sponsors of the study being all members of the work group water analytics of figawa, the German Associations of firms in the gas and water sector.

Compared with the initial study the quality of the data provided and assessed was significantly better. Almost every single drinking water data set could be assigned to the different sampling points: drinking water heater outlet, re-entry in the drinking water heating system and peripheral tapping points (often in apartments).

The rate of samples that exceeded the threshold value of 100 colony forming units per 100 ml drinking water was at 6% a little bit higher than the rate of the former study (5,6%).

What was scientifically interesting is the fact that a seasonal effect was proven: In the summer the occurence of legionella exceeding the 100 CFU-limit was 20% higher than in the winter. Referring to Prof. Kistemann the difference is statistically significant since the data base consisted of 305,000 water samples and test results.

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WATERcontrol speaks about amended drinking water regulations in front of technical committee of VdW

On February 7th, 2018, the fourth revision of the German Drinking Water Directive was on the agenda of the technical committee of  VdW Niedersachsen Bremen, the professional association of housing companies located in Lower Saxony and Bremen.

WATERcontrol presented the changes in the drinking water laws that are relevant for the real estate sector.

 

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Grundeigentum (real estate): legionella in drinking water – from first to forth amendment of the German Drinking Water Directive

Shortly before entry into force of the forth amendment of German Drinking Water laws our chief operating officer Marcus Pikarek gives a comprehensive summary in the real estate expert magazine Grundeigentum (issue 18 of 2018) outlining the development of the duty to test drinking water for legionella from its introduction in the year 2011 until today.

The article focuses an specific changes of the legal frame work that affect the housing industry considerably.

 

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10 years duty to maintain safety on premises: the anniversary conference will be celebrated on November 21st and 22nd, 2017

The European Educational Centre (EBZ) will hold a conference on safety on (residential) premises in November 2017. Exactly 10 years ago, November 2007, the first meeting of experts on safety issues concerning residential buildings took place. In retrospect: Has the safety awareness changed significantly in the pastr decade? Where do we stand today, when it comes to safe living in our homes?

 

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Tenants magazine AT HOME: Stadtsiedlung Heilbronn with WATERcontrol active against Legionella

In August 2016 the residential property company Stadtsiedlung Heilbronn gave us the job of legionella testing in their drinking water installations. The current issue of their resident's magazine AT HOME gives a short summary of the collaboration of our two firms to deal with the problem of potable water contaminated with legionella. The article includes a check list for house owners and tenants what they can do to minimize the risk of biofilm growth in the domestic piping system.

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Dr. Marco Kollecker has joined the sales team June 1st, 2017

Since June 2017 we have a new colleague in the sales and acquisitions department: Dr. Marco Kollecker. The doctor of chemistry has gained profound experience in key account management and sales affairs at the University of Hanover where he promoted the NanoTruck-project throughout the country for many years.

In his spare time he trains fire fighter volunteers at the Lower-Saxonian Academy of Emergency and Fire Protection.

We are glad that he joined our team of sales experts.

 

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English version of WATERcontrol website online since June 1st, 2017

Along with our first international business we completed the english translation of our  website launching it on June 1st, 2017.

 

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Wessling & WATERcontrol: strong alliance continued for another 5 years
Successful teamwork for the saftey of our drinking water: Environmental laboratory WESSLING and sampling specialist WATERcontrol have worked together primarily on the field of legionella testing for five years. Their customers have been very satisfied with service and quality of the water examinations they offered. In March 2017, the two business partners affirmed and prolonged their excellent cooperation with a new framework agreement valid for another five years. more...
 
 
Samplers workshop together with colleagues of GAS-Control on April 1st 2017 in Hanover

On Saturday, April 1st 2017, we hold our yearly spring meeting with sampler's coming from all over Germany to Hanover. Although the flu was raging at the time 17 people followed our invitation.

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figawa-work group water analytics goes forward: After nationwide status analysis a more detailed study on legionellae follows

The figawa-work group water analytics mandates the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health of University of Bonn (ihph) with a followup study on the occurrence of legionellae in drinking water systems. The research project shall deliver more detailed information than the prior status analysis. First results will be exspected in the end of 2017.

 

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Facility managers want WATERcontrol

We have seen a recent tendency that professional facility managers turn to us for legionella testing in the buildings they operate for the property owner. In the beginning, we did not intend to develop that business besides the residential stock we come from. Lately, we hav change our mind. Usually, we sign contracts with big facility management firms with a great number of properties spread out over more than just one region.

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One stop at the customer: the watercontrol service package

You want to focus on your core business and not spend to much time with special and marginal topics such as legionella testing of your drinking water? You don't want to deal with different installers, samplers, laboratories and heath authorities depending on where your water installations are located? You are looking for one competent partner for drinking water hygiene to do the job? Then, we have good news for you. You found us, WATERcontrol, the no. 1 sampling firm providing one high quality standard of water sampling and analysis no matter where and when we work for you.

Safety at your petrol station: drinking and auto wash water need to be checked for legionella

Petrol stations are not entirely safe places to visit. Auto tanks are filled with flammable or explosive fuel such as petrol, diesel or methane. Additionally, a petrol station is always busy with car traffic. Due to these increased risiks station operators have a strong sense for safety. Due to current studies a new hazard arises: water vapour.

Gas leak detection with GAS-Control

WATERcontrol has evolved from the "big sister" GAS-Control GmbH, a specialist for preventive gas safety checks within builidngs. GAS-Control has worked for the German housing industry for 25 years.

To detect gas leakages, even on concealed lines, the firm operates with portable gas leak detectors that pinpoint tracers of natural gas where they escape from the pipe.