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New VA Bill to Require Legionella Testing in Public Schools

Virginia Bill SB-410 (effective no later than July 1, 2021)

Stagnant water in building water systems create biofilm and optimal conditions for bacterial growth, which can put the health and safety of your staff, students, and teachers at risk. As a result, Virginia is now requiring public schools to maintain water management programs for the prevention Legionella pneumophila, the primary cause of Legionnaires’ Disease. 

One out of 10 people who get Legionnaires’ Disease will die from the infection. If a school is identified as the source of an outbreak, it can lead to lawsuits and costly or disruptive remediation. Good water management practices can help you avoid exorbitant costs, protect your school community, and uphold your reputation.

HP Environmental offers a variety of Legionella-related services including written water management plans, identification of high risk areas, analysis of building water systems (both potable and utility), on-site water sampling and testing and consultation and recommendations from our Legionella experts. 

Virginia Bill SB-410 will be effective no later than July 1, 2021. The full details of the bill can be viewed here

Requires each school board to maintain a water management program for the prevention of Legionnaires’ Disease at each public school building in the local school division.

HP Environmental encourages all public schools to be proactive in their planning and implementation of preventative measures. HPE staff members can be made available for over-the-phone or in-person consulting, and our Legionella experts are ready and willing to answer any questions you have about SB-410, the best steps to take, and how HPE can best serve your environmental and water testing needs. 

Please view, download, and share our flyer detailing our Legionella services and “Three Steps for Legionella Testing in Schools”. For more information, visit our detailed Legionella page on our website:

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