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What is Legionella?

Legionella is the name of a family of bacteria which is naturally occurring and often found in lakes, soil and sometimes in domestic water systems.

How can it affect me?

If infected water droplets are inhaled, there is a risk of respiratory infection which can cause serious illnesses such as Legionnaires’ disease, however the likelihood of this happening is very low.

How can I protect myself?

There are some common sense measures you can take to protect yourself further:

• Where possible, set hot water cylinders at minimum 60C (but not too hot to scald)
• Frequently de-scale taps and showers
• Use water taps and showers at least once a week so that water does not sit in pipes

If you are away from your home for over a week we also recommend:

• Heat up your water system to the normal temperature prior to use
• Run all taps and showers for at least five minutes when you return