Water hygiene management

Water hygiene management involves checking the condition of your water to ensure that it is free from potentially deadly bacteria, such as Legionella.

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How to reduce the risk of Legionella

  • Water will start to degrade in as little as 7 days when it is stored or recirculated in a system. Regular flushing out of the old water and refreshing with new water from the mains is essential to reduce the water degradation and to achieve turnover of water within the tanks.
  • Where the temperature of the water system is maintained between 20-45°C, Legionella can proliferate, so water needs to be regularly flushed through the system.
  • Deposits in water tanks or systems such as rust, sludge, scale, and organic matter, can support bacterial growth. This will need to be removed annually as per the ACoP L8 guidance.
  • Areas where water droplets can be produced create conditions in which Legionella can be ingested by employees, contractors and visitors. Exposing people to these dangerous bacteria could cause serious harm. The areas most at risk include mist in a shower, irrigation systems in grounds, kitchen wash down hoses if left dormant, and external wash down areas.
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What can Willow Pumps offer you?

Willow Pumps can consult with you on all your water hygiene management needs. We can also check the quality of your water and provide you with a Health & Safety Executive (HSE) approved certification.

Together this service proves that your water management program is fit for purpose and that the water is free from potentially deadly bacteria.

Depending on the level of water hygiene service you are looking for, we can:

  • carry out a visual check on the condition of your fresh water tanks
  • if required, clean and chlorinate your tanks
  • take water samples to check the tank is clear of deadly bacteria
  • check that the temperature of water at outlets meets required standards
  • check your system for dead legs, which can all harbour harmful bacteria.

Contact us to view our procedures for water hygiene checks in vacant premises.

Did you know?

It is the building owner or managing company’s duty of care and responsibility to ensure the water hygiene within their building is safe.

Click here to find out more about the Health and Safety laws governing this.

Update from Public Health England

Coronavirus: Any businesses that have had extended closures due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are being advised by PHE to flush out their water supply before reopening to avoid potentially deadly Legionella bacteria. Businesses such as dental practices, hairdressers, offices, gyms and hotels should take action to avoid spreading the Legionella bacteria.

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Need help with water hygiene?

Contact Willow Pumps today to discuss a full service of water hygiene management for your business.