Richmondshire District Council

Water systems need to be checked

The COVID-19 restrictions have required certain businesses and services to be closed to protect public health. As a result, many buildings have already been unoccupied for a number of weeks.

It is important to consider that any water that has been standing in pipes and tanks for this length of time has the potential to allow the growth of harmful bacteria particularly Legionella, and to become tainted by the material it is in contact with.

In preparation for reoccupation as the restrictions are lifted, any water system should be assessed and measures taken to ensure that it is fit for purpose and is not harmful to health before it is brought back into use. All traders should make these checks but especially those that use water such as dentists, hairdressers, hotel, gyms and sports clubs.

Advice on bringing water systems back into use can found in a leaflet produced by Public Health England and the Drinking Water Inspectorate


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