A member asked:

Can my home water heater also be a source of ldb contamination?

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Denise Reeves answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sometimes: If the water heater heats water to less than 140 degrees, ldb could grow. It is more common to have the bacteria grow in a humidifier or fountain, or in an industrial cooling tower.

Answered 7/13/2013


Dr. Dan Fisher answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

No.: Not typically. Small water systems and those at temps above 120 f are not a significant source of contamination.

Answered 4/8/2013



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