Legionella discovered in Lincoln

Elderly residents at a sheltered housing block in Lincoln are being offered bottled water to drink after the deadly bacteria legionella was discovered in the water system.

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Water restrictions lifted at sheltered housing block in Lincoln

Water restrictions are being lifted at a sheltered accommodation block in Lincoln. They were put in place at St Botolphs Court last week after higher than recommended levels of the legionella bacteria were found in the pipework.

Laboratory tests show that work done to disinfect the water system has been successful. Residents will now be able to use the water for washing, bathing and food preparation, but restrictions on the use of showers will continue for the next few days.

Residents of the sheltered accommodationwere kept fully informed throughout the cleansing process and have been co-operative and supportive of the decisions we made. We supplied more than 2,500 bottles of water to be used for drinking, food preparation and general use, together with alternative arrangements for bathing and laundry.

Initial test results are clear but the health and well-being of our residents is of the utmost importance and we will not put them at any risk and as a final precaution the shower areas will therefore remain out of use for a few more days until we receive the formal results from the laboratory. We appreciate this incident has been disruptive to residents and on behalf of the City Council I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank residents for their patience and support throughou

t the whole process. Their safety has and always will be our main priority."

– John Bibby, Director of Housing and Community Services, City of Lincoln Council

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