The exceptional circumstances arising from the national restrictions put in place to deal with CoViD-19 have led to the closure of many premises. Whilst closure is not uncommon (for example, for the purposes of school and industry holiday shutdowns), the extent and duration of the current closure of premises is beyond routine practice and experience, and has given rise to enquiries to the Inspectorate concerning the quality of drinking water supplies, including requests for advice on returning supplies to normal use when current restrictions are revoked.
Therefore The DWI (Drinking Water Inspectorate) has provided guidance on maintaining drinking water quality when reinstating water supplies after temporary closure due to the CoViD-19 outbreak. The document, which includes useful links, can be found via the following link https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/images/documents/W/Advice_Letter_AL02-2020_Returning_supplies_COVID-19_Final.pdf.
Water supply safety in businesses
As our local economies start to open again it’s vital that we take the necessary health and safety precautions to ensure they are safe. Businesses are being urged to carry out vital safety checks to their water systems to avoid increasing the risk of Legionnaires’ disease.
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has published new guidance on Legionella for businesses reopening. The guidance highlights key risk factors, legal requirements, and sets out advice to businesses on ensuring their water supply is safe and ready to use.