Latest sampling results for Legionella bacteria at fresh water cooling towers announced

The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) today (June 7) announced the latest statistics for Legionella bacteria following sampling tests at selected fresh water cooling towers.

In May, the EMSD tested 82 water samples collected from cooling towers in 58 buildings. Two samples were detected with a Legionella bacteria count (LBC) at or above the upper threshold, which is 1,000 colony-forming units per millilitre. The EMSD collected the samples from cooling towers at the Sunbeam Centre, 27 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong and Fok Lin Building, 7-12 Baker Court, Hung Hom. The EMSD has issued nuisance notices under the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance to the owners of these cooling towers requiring appropriate disinfection work to be taken. Disinfection of the cooling tower at the Sunbeam Centre, Kwun Tong has already been completed, while disinfection of the remaining case is being arranged by the cooling tower owner.

The EMSD publishes on its website ( on a half-monthly basis the latest Legionella bacteria statistics following sampling tests at fresh water cooling towers. Also listed are any buildings where the LBC was found in the fresh water cooling tower to be equal to or above the upper threshold during the preceding three-month period, and which were thus served with nuisance notices.

A department spokesman said, "Fresh water cooling tower owners have the responsibility to design, operate and maintain cooling towers properly. They should arrange regular inspections, timely maintenance and periodic testing of the water quality of their cooling towers in accordance with the Code of Practice for Water-cooled Air Conditioning Systems issued by the EMSD in order to prevent the proliferation of Legionella bacteria."

Ends/Thursday, June 7, 2012
Issued at HKT 14:01