How to stay safe at home: Water safety guide
What is legionella?
Legionella bacteria is commonly found in many water sources. Hot and cold water systems in homes can be a potential source.
Legionella bacteria can cause a form of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease, caused by the inhalation of small droplets of contaminated water. The bacteria doesn’t spread in drinking water or person to person, and not everyone who comes into contact with the bacteria will become ill.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ are similar to flu symptoms and include high temperature, fever and chills, cough, muscle pains and headache. If you’re worried you might have Legionnaires’ disease, you should contact your GP as soon as possible. If your doctor diagnoses Legionnaires’ disease, please call us on 0141 887 8613 to let us know immediately so we can check and, if necessary, treat your water system.