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water safety

Water hygiene in your home

Having clean water in your home is vital for your health and wellbeing. Most household water systems contain some bacteria and other organisms which do not cause any problems. If the bacteria have the right conditions to multiply they can cause people to become ill.

Harmful bacteria can build up in your taps or on your shower head for instance. This is known as Legionella bacteria. If you breathe in this bacteria it can make you ill and you may be diagnosed with something called Legionnaires’ disease.

What is Legionnaire’s disease?

Legionnaire’s disease is a form of pneumonia, caused by legionella bacteria.

Anyone can catch it, but most sufferers tend to be over 50 years old. People with a weak immune system, an underlying condition or those who smoke, are at greater risk.

There are a number of steps you can take to prevent the build-up of bacteria:

  • Keep all showerheads and taps clean and free from the build-up of limescale
  • If you have a shower that is not regularly used, run it once a week to stop any build up
  • Run out door taps regularly to stop water building up in the pipes
  • Visit the NHS UK website for more information about Legionnaires’ disease

 Please contact us for further information.