A note on the survival of Legionella pneumophila in stagnant tap water

J Appl Bacteriol. 1985 Oct;59(4):333-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.1985.tb03327.x.


Tap water, from an experimental hot water system, containing a known virulent strain of Legionella pneumophila was stored in screw-capped bottles for 14 months. Viable counts showed survival of L. pneumophila and at least three other bacterial species. This reinforces the view that L. pneumophila can survive in stagnant water for relatively long periods of time.

MeSH terms

  • Culture Media
  • Legionella / growth & development*
  • Time Factors
  • Water Microbiology*
  • Water Supply


  • Culture Media