Social housing tenants are often at an increased risk of waterborne bacteria such as legionella – especially in properties which have water tanks sited on the roof. Although the coming of spring and better weather may be welcome in terms of less wear and tear on the building, the rise in temperature can also herald a greater risk of legionella outbreaks in static, tepid bodies of water.
Compliant water hygiene is the best first defence in preventing legionella outbreaks, and it should encompass the condition and cleanliness of the tank, the design of the water delivery system and regular cleaning, flushing and testing.
Ironically, when residents have been away for a while, either on holiday or for a stay in hospital, they are at their most vulnerable. As water sits in pipework, especially in warmer weather, it creates the ideal conditions in which legionella bacteria like to breed. Unfortunately this means that the first time the returning occupants of the dwelling wash their hands or turn on the tap to do some cleaning, the water they use can present a health hazard. Even worse, if the occupier returns home from a long journey and decides the first thing they need is a shower, they may be directing legionella laden water directly at themselves, ingesting infected water particles.
In social housing settings, regular preventative maintenance and cleaning in compliance with the amended L8 Approved Code of Practice are essential. Our social housing seminar on 4th April 2014 in association with the University of Stirling is designed to outline the principles of best practice, helping you to protect social housing tenants by setting high standards of exemplary water hygiene. Book a place now and benefit from our expertise.