The water alert which has blighted parts of Lancashire moved into its third week today, still without an end in sight.
United Utilities reported “no change” in the situation which has left around 300,000 households and businesses having to boil supplies for drinking and food preparation.
In fact the company, which has been installing ultra-violet rigs around the network to kill off the last traces of the cryptosporidium bug, admitted the equipment had still not been switched on late yesterday, meaning the restrictions could continue for a few more days yet.
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Any water system, with the right environmental conditions, could be a source for legionella bacteria growth. There is a reasonably foreseeable legionella risk if your water system:
other potential risk systems that may pose a risk to exposure to legionella, e.g. humidifiers, air washers, emergency showers, indoor ornamental fountains etc.
If you are an employer, or someone in control of premises (e.g. landlord), you have a duty to understand and manage legionella risks. Further information is available in 'What you must do'. All systems require a risk assessment but not all systems will require elaborate control measures. A simple risk assessment may show that the risks are low and being properly managed to comply with the law. If such cases, your assessment may be complete and you may not need to take any further action, but it is important to review your assessment regularly in case anything changes in your system.
If you are an employer, or someone in control of premises, including landlords, you must understand the health risks associated with legionella. This section can help you to control any risks.