How is this thing not a public menace like those Legionella-breeding cooling towers in New York? Every time I walk through this place I try to hold my breath.
Have you consulted a professional about this irrational fear of water?
Because this is MOVING water, as opposed to stagnant water in ventilation ducts. Legionella is present in most environments, but it requires a specific type in order to reproduce to numbers that cause human problems. It's as safe as your shower, maybe moreso.
sigh Yes, it CAN be spread other ways, I EXPLICITLY mentioned that it's present in most environments. Thank you for proving one of my statements to me, I'm so glad, I was afraid I'd said something WRONG on the INTERNET. However, there is a TYPICAL transmission vector, and showers aren't it, hence the surprise in South Dakota. Plus, I'm fairly certain the building isn't run by Pakleds, and filter/clean the water per city building codes.
Is this actually legit? I know there are a lot of water related diseases but moving water is considered as safe to use.
Yes, it's legit: It was closed/turned off. It's now open/back on.
And yes, you're the only person on Earth who automatically considers moving water to be "safe to use," as if the dangerous microbes really care if their greater aquatic environment is moving around.
(And it was foolishly off "because of drought," not "because of Legionnaire's Disease." Two different non-problems.)