Preventing Legionnaires in Hotels


The first documented outbreak of Legionnaires disease occurred at a hotel in 1976 during an American Legion Convention. More than 200 people were sickened at the event and 34 died.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for hotels to have Legionella bacteria lurking in their pipes.

It can grow in unused fixtures, only to emerge when a guest takes a hot shower or uses the sink.
Legionella is also known to frequent hot tubs and spas, both popular features in modern hotels. People contract Legionnaires disease by aspirating infected water vapor, as with taking a hot shower or relaxing in a hot tub.

In 2009, a Miami hotel was forced to close down due to a Legionella outbreak that sickened three people and killed one. The hotel had to relocate hundreds of guests during the two week outbreak, losing approximately $300,000 per day.

This is why preventative treatments are so vital to the functionality of your hotel.

Copper silver ionization is the perfect solution for long-term and preventative treatment of potable water. Our equipment is effective at any temperature, which is ideal for hot tubs and showers.

EPI Copper silver ionization systems are cost effective and require minimal monitoring. A simple weekly copper test on-site and monthly water samples sent directly to Enrich is all it takes to be sure your system is running at peak efficiency.

Your guests can continue to rest easy without fear of infection and you can rest assured knowing an unexpected shut-down isn’t just around the corner.

In the event of an outbreak, Enrich is prepared for a quick response. We can deliver our equipment, even for short-term use, anywhere in the US and Canada within 48 hours.

If you’d like some more information about getting a copper silver system at your hotel or facility, please fill out our query form online or call the office. See what the EPI Difference can mean for you.