How does Legionella get in water?

People can get Legionnaires‘ disease or Pontiac fever when they breathe in small droplets of water in the air that contain the bacteria. Less commonly, people can getsick by aspiration of drinking water containing Legionella. This happens when wateraccidently goes into the lungs while drinking.

What are my duties as a landlord?

Organisations, or self-employed individuals, who provide residential accommodation or who are responsible for the water system(s) in their premises, are responsible for ensuring that the risk of exposure to legionella in those premises is properly controlled.

This means that they have a duty to assess the risk from exposure to legionella to their staff, residents, guests, tenants and customers by implementing appropriate control measures. This is especially important in residential buildings, where vulnerable people may be at risk, such as retirement flats, or where the accommodation is provided specifically for a group who may be susceptible to legionelloses.