Disease fears lead to showers being drained at Uckfield pavilion

Showers at the West Park Pavilion in Uckfield are to be drained to prevent the possibility of legionella bacteria – which cause Legionnaires Disease – accumulating in the water supply system.

Town councillors were told that the potential presence of Legionnaires Disease is identified by risk assessments to all council buildings where there are water storage systems, not just those buildings containing showers.

Caretakers flush through those in infrequent use at least once a week when they do fire checks but there is particular concern about the showers at West Park.

A report to member of the general purposes committee said:  “At present the showers in West Park Pavilion are only very occasionally, if ever, used by the football team who use the pavilion during the season. Accordingly the water in the system is only ever flushed through once a week.”

The legionella bacteria can become prevalent in man-made and other artificial water systems causing a disease which mainly affects people over the age of 50 years.

“Men are three times more likely to get legionnaires disease than women. Individuals with underlying medical conditions such as heart, lung or liver disease, those with impaired immune systems, are also at greater risk from the disease,” said the council report.

An annual test could be carried out at an annual cost of £123.53 per system but councillors were told that as the showers at West Park were not in use the best option would be to eliminate the risk entirely by draining the system that services the showers and removing the facility.

Members of the council’s general purposes committee asked for all standing water in council premises to be checked on a regular basis so that they would have a report helping them to make sure that everything was all right across its facilities.

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