GAA warn clubs on dangers posed by stagnant water supplies

A recent article by the Irish Examiner written by John Fogarty reports how GAA Clubs have been warned to check and flush their stagnant water systems before returning to any regular formal play.

This comes after multiple cases of illness’ were reported in 2019 and 202o that we traced back to the local clubs water systems either in showers or drinking water. The article follows with;

As it is hoped clubs will be able to return to controlled activities in April, the five-month closure of club facilities means the lack of usage of facilities raises a number of potential issues.

While clubs have been permitted to open for maintenance work such as those on clubhouses, dressing rooms and pitches, the risk of stagnant water has prompted the GAA to highlight the dangers posed.

“It is important that water is not allowed to stagnate within the water system and so there should be careful management of properties left vacant for extended periods,” reads the GAA’s club newsletter for March. “As a general principle, outlets on hot and cold water systems should be used at least once a week to maintain a degree of water flow and minimise the chances of stagnation.

“To manage the risks during non-occupancy, consideration should be given to implementing a suitable flushing regime or other measures such as draining the system if it is to remain vacant for long periods.” In June 2019, 62 women including several inter-county camogie players fell ill after drinking water in the clubhouse of Croagh-Kilfinny GAA club in Limerick as championship games were taking place at the venue outside Adare.

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