Getting potable water onto cruise ships is a complex and technology intensive process. Salt water must be treated and desalinated to be used in showers, toilets, kitchens, and many other applications. Because all of this is normally generated onboard with RO systems (i.e. water makers), cruise ships are completely responsible for the safety of this water, and should anything happen, the consequences can be massive.
With all of the equipment and plumbing required to convert sea water to potable water, and the known buildup of biofilm within the potable water distribution network, cruise ships can quickly become a breeding ground for legionella bacteria. Protect your passengers, employees, and your reputation, by taking a proactive approach and killing legionella before it becomes a problem.
A single legionella outbreak must be publically disclosed. In today’s world of reviews and online social networks, this news will quickly spread and result in potentially massive costs that can be difficult to recover from. In some cases, insurance companies have attempted to avoid covering these outbreaks and have taken companies to court. The cost to your bottom line can be huge, not only from the immediate cost of reimbursing affected passengers, but also from the potential for regulatory fines, investigations, criminal negligence related charges and litigation. Plus, it can be a public relations nightmare that can damage your reputation, brand and long term revenue for years to come.
Take a proactive approach with CSIDefender® solutions. Copper Silver Ionization (CSI) legionella prevention works by releasing positively charged copper and silver ions into the ship’s potable water systems. These ions bond with legionella bacteria and penetrate the biofilm where legionella bloom, leaving your water safer for passengers to use. Reduce your Legionella exposure risk as part of your ASHRAE 188 Legionella Prevention Standards recommendation and maintain a safe environment for passengers with the CSIDefender®.