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Retention of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) in Water Distribution Systems With Pall Point-of-Use Water Filters

Most Mycobacterium species are environmental opportunistic pathogens called Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) which occur in water (including water distribution systems), soils and dusts and can lead to disease affecting the lung, skin and soft tissues.

Although NTM infection can occur in anyone, certain groups are at increased risk, such as the immunosuppressed, those with lung disease or open wounds.

NTM readily form biofilms, particularly in plumbing components including those within healthcare facilities and residential buildings.

Holistic Water Safety Plans can develop operative programs to manage NTM by identifying all significant risks, thereby allowing for effective management control. Controlling other in-premise opportunistic plumbing pathogens such as Pseudomonas spp. and Legionella spp. may help mitigate risk from other waterborne pathogens, however a one-size-fits-all approach does not always transpose, particularly with specialised bacteria such as NTM.

Physical control methods, such as the use of some 0.2-micron filters have been independently shown to remove and/or reduce numbers of NTM from tap water.(1)



Pall Point-of-Use Water Filters offer an immediate, and easy to use solution for safe microbiologically controlled water at the point of use.

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(1) Norton GJ, Williams M, Falkinham JO 3rd & Honda JR. Physical measures to reduce exposure to tap water-associated Nontuberculous
Mycobacteria. Frontiers in Public Health. (2020) 8: 190

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