ANSBACH, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach is conducting routine Legionella bacteria testing within community facilities in early April. Other U.S. Army garrisons in Germany are currently or are scheduled to conduct testing.
German environmental law requires an annual monitoring of bathroom showers for Legionella bacteria at locations meeting certain technical criteria. The Environmental Final Governing Standards for Germany are a regulatory directive, aligning both Department of Defense policy and German federal and state regulations to provide environmental compliance criteria for all DOD installations.
Therefore, all facilities, including on-post housing and tenant unit buildings with bathroom showers that meet the technical criteria for routine monitoring of Legionella bacteria are being tested. Tenants will receive a notification from the Environmental Division within the coming weeks, including a date for the scheduled testing which will be conducted by a certified laboratory contractor.
Notified residents are asked to provide access as needed for the ten-minute testing process; hot water samples are required to be collected from bathroom areas.
Collected samples are sent to a certified German laboratory for testing, with results expected within six weeks. If Legionella is detected above the Environmental Final Governing Standards for Germany action limit, residents will be notified and corrective actions taken.
“USAG Ansbach is committed to the health and safety of our Soldiers, family members and workforce” said Lynn Daniels, Chief Environmental Division.
For questions regarding testing, contact the USAG Ansbach Environmental Division at DSN 467-3422, CIV 09802-83-3422.
Legionella is a type of bacterium found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. It can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made water systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For any medical questions about Legionella, contact MEDDAC-Bavaria Preventive Medicine at DSN 590-3966, CIV 09662-83-3966.
For more information on Legionella and why routine test monitoring is performed, visit www.cdc.gov/legionella/about/causes-transmission.html.