Legionella and other dangerous pathogens still lurk in U.S. Drinking water

Though less common than in the past, microbes that contaminate tap water continue to sicken — and sometimes kill — Americans.

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Reports of Legionnaires’ disease have climbed in recent years. No one is sure why, but factors could include improved reporting, aging people and infrastructure, and climate change.
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Legionella tends to flourish when temperatures are warm, water is stagnant, chemical disinfectants are insufficient and nutrients are plentiful, such as inside corroding pipes. Photo courtesy of cattalin from pixabay.com
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