Holland Water celebrates her 15th jubilee with donation to Stichting Veteranenziekte

Laura Schotte News item

Today (12th December), Holland Water exists fifteen years and celebrates this jubilee by financially supporting the Stichting Veteranenziekte. The foundation received their donation today.

Over the past fifteen years Holland Water has become the market leader in the field of Legionella prevention with the help of a unique system, based on copper and silver ionisation. The so-called Bifipro® system has appeared to be an extremely effective tool in effectively tackling biofilm in water piping installations and cooling towers. With the elimination of biofilm, harmful bacteria such as Legionella can no longer develop. Around 500 systems are successfully operational in predominantly hotels, holiday parks, care homes, hospitals, and rehabilitation centres in the Netherlands and Belgium. The Bifipro® system is now employed in various countries across the globe, including the Middle-East.

Stichting Veteranenziekte
For years Holland Water has supported the Stichting Veteranenziekte which was founded in 1999, after the Legionella outbreak at a horticulture exhibition in Bovenkarspel, the Netherlands. Where the foundation originally had the goal of supporting the disaster’s victims and their next of kin, she also strives to provide education and awareness creation around Legionella. The foundation’s volunteers selflessly draw attention to the consequences of Legionella and support people who are struggling with the consequences of the disease in the Netherlands and elsewhere.

In 2019 the Stichting Veteranenziekte will have existed for twenty years and she will host a conference in October of that year that will be dedicated to the issue of Legionella. The foundation has begun searching for funds for the organisation of this conference.

Initial step for conference in October 2019
Today, the day of Holland Water’s 15th jubilee, managing director Leo de Zeeuw hands over a € 1.500,– cheque to Esther Huygen, chair of the Stichting Veteranenziekte. “With this donation we not only want to provide a step towards the funds of the organisation of the conference, but we also hope to motivate other parties active in the world of Legionella to provide a donation”, says De Zeeuw. “And we will continue to support the foundation the coming years.”

Jubilee conference
Esther Huygen responded enthusiastically towards Holland Water’s gesture. “We are extremely happy with this donation, but even more so with the fact that Holland Water has supported us for years and helps to bring attention to the problem of Legionella”, she said. “We shall use the donation that Holland Water has gifted us thankfully to organise the jubilee conference.”

‘Conference with impact’
Leo de Zeeuw emphasises the importance of the Stichting Veteranenziekte. “The foundation does important work and we gladly support that”, he says. “It is exceptional to see that such a large group of enthusiastic volunteers is so concerned with the problem around Legionella. We try to provide our contribution by freeing clients of their Legionella problem as efficiently as possible. But we also happily help the foundation with her activities”, says De Zeeuw. “We appeal to our colleagues in the business, such as consultancy firms, laboratories, installation companies, and suppliers of systems to fight Legionella, to also do their part. Not just out of respect for the victims of the outbreak in Bovenkarspel, but also to help the foundation organise a conference that will have real impact.”

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For further information: Holland Water, Leo de Zeeuw, +31 (0) 343 475 090 / +31 (0) 6 200 071 90 or
leodezeeuw@hollandwater.com. Note for the press: included photograph can be used free of rights.

Photo caption: Chair Esther Huygen of the Stichting Veteranenziekte receives € 1.500,– cheque from a part of the Holland Water team.

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View the publications in Vakblad LegionellaWater Forum and Noordhollands Dagblad.