Richmondshire businesses urged to check water before reopening

Richmondshire businesses preparing to reopen after lockdown are being urged to ensure their water systems are safe. Richmondshire Today recently put out the following article reporting how business’ should be cautious of their water systems whilst reopening post lockdown.

The district council says water standing in pipes and tanks for prolonged periods has the potential to allow the growth of harmful bacteria particularly Legionella and to become tainted by the material it is in contact with.

Legionnaires’ disease is a respiratory illness which occurs when tiny droplets of water containing Legionella bacteria are breathed into the lungs of susceptible people.

Health and safety law requires employers, business owners and landlords to manage the risks of exposure to Legionella to protect the health and safety of employees, visitors and tenants.

“As we get ready for reopening buildings, the water systems should be assessed and measures taken to ensure that they are fit for purpose and not harmful to health before being brought back into use,” said Dr Kevin Carr, Richmondshire District Council acting environmental health and housing options manager.

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