Water safety

Domestic hot and cold water systems provide an ideal environment for harmful bacteria. This is known as Legionella bacteria. If you breathe in small droplets of this bacteria, it can make you ill and you may be diagnosed with a pneumonia-like illness called Legionnaires’ disease.

Water safety

To minimise the risk of contamination in your home, you should:

  • Run all taps and showers in your home at least once a week.
  • Run your taps through for at least five minutes if you are away from home for more than a week.
  • Clean your shower head at least every six months by descaling and disinfecting it. Remember to follow the instructions carefully on any de-scaling solution.


Who is most at risk?

Legionnaires' disease can affect anyone, however, some people could be more vulnerable to infection. This includes:

  • Individuals over the age of 45
  • Smokers and heavy drinkers
  • Individuals suffering with chronic respiratory or kidney disease
  • Anyone with an impaired immune system


More guidance can be found here.


If you have any concerns, you can report these immediately to HomeFix through your online account