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Legionella Risk Assessment – the White Hart, Alton.

February 2021

Pubs and Bed & Breakfast accommodation had a traumatic 2020 thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic.

They were ordered to close with the initial lockdown in March, then opened up when the Government promoted “Eat Out To Help Out” in the summer, only to see further closures, due to the Coronavirus tier categories and then a further national lockdown from December 2020.

With closures came a growing risk of the growth of Legionella bacteria. Lockdown means water taps and showers are used much less and hot water may be switched off to save money.

The advice from the  Legionella Control Association is clear – a risk assessment should be carried-out following periods of lockdown.

SAS Water were delighted to help the White Hart, Alton, by carrying out a risk assessment, sampling water and analysing those samples. Before sampling, we completed extensive flushing, cleaned, descaled and chlorinated the outlets.

The White Hart is an historic country pub on the High Street in the picturesque Staffordshire Moorlands village of Alton. It’s popular with villagers and has B&B rooms.

It is owned by around 60 members of the local community, chaired by local resident Tom Wilkinson who gave us his feedback.

Tom said: “Customer safety is of the highest importance in the hospitality sector and we’re extremely pleased to receive expert advice from water safety experts, SAS Water.

“Before welcoming customers back after lockdown, we called on the SAS Water team to carry-out a risk assessment and sampling.  The staff are courteous and reliable and can be trusted to do a thorough inspection.

“We followed up the initial appointment by asking for a water management plan. Regular future testing and sampling gives the White Hart team peace of mind. We know we are in safe hands with SAS Water.”

Thank you, Tom, for your feedback. The White Hart is a lovely place and we’d recommend anyone reading this to pay it a visit.


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