Legionella is a bacteria that can be found in water systems such as storage tanks, pipework, taps and showers. Legionella can cause Legionnaire’s Disease, a rare, serious form of pneumonia.
There are some steps that you can take to avoid the risk of Legionella in your home.
What you can do:
To reduce the chance of exposure to Legionella:
- Turn on all the taps in your house and the shower and leave them to run for a few minutes at least once a week
- If you are away for a week or more, when you return you should run your taps and shower for a few minutes before you use them.
Legionnaire’s Disease cannot be caught by drinking contaminated water, only by breathing in droplets.
Our responsibility to you
The risk of Legionella to Stonewater residents is extremely low, but it is our responsibility to make sure that all residents stay safe in their home. This includes helping you to avoid the risk of exposure to Legionella.
We work with partners who regularly monitor water systems and work to eliminate any potential risks.
If you have any questions please contact us or visit the Health & Safety Executive’s web page on Legionella.