Why train with Wide Reach?
Have you ever considered if the water you rely on every day is safe to use?
Water is all around us. It’s an important part of our lives and we often take for granted having access to clean, safe and pure water for our everyday needs. However, one of the biggest misconceptions is that all processed water in Australia is safe because it’s regulated by water authorities.
While it is true that drinking water quality is carefully monitored and maintained within the water supply network of a city or town, who is responsible if the source of bacteria or contaminant making people sick comes from a private building’s infrastructure?
Contaminated Water – Understanding the Risks
In recent years, the world has become increasingly aware of the dangers associated with harmful bacteria residing in a residential, domestic or industrial water distribution system. Opportunistic bacteria, known as pathogens, can establish themselves in showers, hot water systems, water cooling towers, dental chairs, ice machines and even water misters at public events.
It is a fact that scores of Australians contract water borne diseases each year, which can lead to severe medical implications and even death. In the case of Legionnaires Disease, a person simply needs to breathe in water vapour containing Legionella bacteria to become infected.
The risk from these pathogens applies to people of all age groups. Unfortunately, it does increase for infants and older people, chronic illness sufferers and those with suppressed immune systems. Studies have shown that people who smoke or consume alcohol are also at a dramatically increased risk.
Water borne pathogens are just one of many aspects that can affect water quality and safety. Other aspects include cheap imported mixing valves contaminating water with lead and zinc, or corroding pipework releasing unacceptable levels of copper.
Maintaining water quality is an end-to-end process which starts with the water authorities and finishes with the proper management of individual water outlets.
Wide Reach – bridging the skills gap for the benefit of public health
At Wide Reach, we have observed an alarming shortfall in the training and support provided to the people responsible for identifying the risks and maintaining the safety of water distribution systems in our hospitals, aged care facilities, schools, public places and broader communities.
Developed by industry professionals with over 50 years experience in the field, our engaging, in-depth and innovative online training courses are specially designed to bridge this gap.
Who are our online training courses for?
Our courses are designed to provide essential skills and knowledge in the area of water quality that are crucial to a wide range of industries and roles.
This includes plumbing inspectors, plumbers, engineers, hospital and aged care staff, water treatment providers, laboratory sampling personnel, swimming pool operators, all the way through to facility/maintenance managers and building owners.
Managing a complex water distribution system requires a team based approach. We have found that once members of a team know the importance of why they are doing something, that it will get done more reliably and with better quality. Training does matter and training works.
Wide Reach Online Courses
Legionella and Pathogen Awareness
Writing & Maintaining a Water Risk Management Plan (WRMP)
Got Questions? Connect with our team.
With years of industry experience, our highly qualified staff are on hand to answer any questions you might have. We pride ourselves on ensuring Australians always have access to the highest quality water training, wherever they are.