Water hygiene information

Legionnaires disease is a form of pneumonia. Anybody can catch it, but it is more likely to affect those who are susceptible because of age, illness, immunosuppression, smoking, etc. Most cases have been in seen in people aged between 40 and 70.

There is no evidence to show the disease is contagious and only 200 - 400 cases of Legionnaires’ disease are reported in the UK each year.

We aim to give you information on what precautions you can take within your home. Please read this carefully.

Legionnaires’ disease does not appear to multiply below 20oC and will not survive about 60oC. The area of concern is stagnant water stored between 20oC and 40oC.

How do people get it?

People catch Legionnaires’ disease by inhaling small droplets of water suspended in the air, which contains the bacteria.

You cannot get Legionnaires’ disease from drinking water. The bacteria have to be in very small droplets like spray from a shower or spray taps. In a domestic property the risk of Legionnaires’ disease is rated as low risk.

Ways to prevent it

Legionella can be found in most water systems. 

Risk of Legionnaires’ disease

Ways to prevent bacteria breeding in stagnant water:

  • If taps in a property are not used for one week or more, each tap should be run or flushed.
  • If your property is empty for long periods of time, for example two weeks or more, the hot and cold taps and shower should be flushed and cleaned.This could be due to a long hospital admission, extended holiday periods or any other reason.
  • Shower heads should be flushed out on a regular basis.
  • Ensure any taps which are not normally used are flushed regularly (i.e. outside toilets and taps)

A way to prevent bacteria breeding in limescale:

  • Keep tap and shower heads free from limescale where possible, if not, flush or use the outlets regularly.

Contact us on 01642 771300 if your water is not heating correctly.