Water bacteria warning issued to businesses forced to close amid coronavirus

More and more articles are popping up with regards to business’ undertaking the correct procedures to ensure safe water systems post the covid 19 lockdown. This article from the South Wales Guardian reports as follows.

Carmarthenshire Council’s environmental health team is letting people know of a few simple actions they should take when returning to premises that have been empty for some time.

Legionella is a bacteria that can grow in hot and cold water systems when not in use.

The bacteria can grow to harmful levels, and if water systems are not flushed through it could cause Legionnaires’ Disease, a type of pneumonia that can cause serious illness, when people start using the system again.

The risk tends to increase during warmer weather and where equipment produces water aerosols, for example showers, high pressure hoses and misters.

The council’s environmental health team are reminding businesses to take the necessary steps to ensure they are compliant before re-opening.

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 water stagnating.

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