Legionella Policy Update

By July 20, 2022 No Comments

We have recently reviewed our policy for managing Legionella.

We’ve updated it to make sure it’s compliant with the latest legislation. At the same time, we’ve widened the range of people trained in this vital safety work.

Below are details of how the policy affects you depending on where you live.

Houses and flats 

If you have a water tank in your home we will inspect it once a year. We’ll also check your water system and this will include pipes, showers and taps.

If you live in a block of flats where there is a communal water supply, we will:

  • Complete a risk assessment every 2 years, and carry out any works
  • Complete monthly monitoring of the water system.

Sheltered Schemes (over 55 schemes)

If you live in one of our sheltered schemes, we will:

  • Carry out risk assessments in communal properties every 2 years
  • Carry out works identified from the risk assessment
  • Chlorinate the communal water systems annually in line with the risk assessments for the building
  • Carry out repair and maintenance work to maintain safe temperatures in water systems and communal systems
  • Carry out risk assessments on ponds which are in a communal space.

Meet our contractors

Integrated Water Solutions (IWS)

Complete our monthly water monitoring programme and any repairs.

H20 Hygiene

Complete our risk assessments.

Tips about keeping water systems clear

It’s important to make sure your water is fresh and free from harmful bacteria. Bacteria can develop in pipes that aren’t regularly flushed with water, particularly in dead-ends like showers and outside taps.

There are a few simple steps you can take:

  • If you have a shower that isn’t used regularly, run it once a week to prevent water stagnating in the pipes
  • Clean your shower head every 6 months to prevent the build up of bacteria. Cleaning also removes limescale, where bacteria can breed
  • If you have an outdoor tap, run it once a week to prevent the water from stagnating in the pipes.