Water Hygiene & Legionella
We are committed to ensuring safety of our residents. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. The illness is contracted by inhaling drops of water contaminated by Legionella bacteria.
The bacteria is actually found in most water systems and is usually harmless, but it multiplies and becomes dangerous in stagnant water with temperatures between 20°C and 45°C. It is killed in temperatures above 60°C.
As a resident what can you do?
There are some things you can do to minimise your risk of infection.
- Regularly run taps and showers for 5-10 minutes once a month to clear the pipes.
- Regularly clean and disinfect your showerhead, especially if it is not used often
What we will do?
We will commit to ensuring the following actions take place, from the design of buildings to the management of existing properties.
- Carry out risk assessments in communal properties every 2 years and if circumstances change such as alterations to the water system
- Carry out works identified from the risk assessment
- Work to design out risks, where we can, by programmed improvements to water systems
- Chlorinate the communal water systems annually in line with the risk assessments for the building
- Carry out repair and maintenance works to maintain safe temperatures in water systems and communal systems
Access is Vital. In order for us to carry out these checks it is important you allow our contractors access to your home. An appointment will be made with you before access is attempted.