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Showering is banned at leisure centre in Legionnaire’s Disease alert

December 2019

South Norfolk Council have stopped the public using leisure centre showers after the discovery of legionella bacteria.

Reports in the media state that inspections have identified the legionella contamination in both the male and female showers at the Long Stratton Leisure Centre.

The discovery has prompted South Norfolk Council to close the showers at the centre, which only re-opened to the public in April after a £2m revamp and extension.

As a precautionary measure, the council is advising anybody who has used the Long Stratton Leisure Centre showers over recent days to speak to their GP if they experience flu-like symptoms.

There’s no suggestion , is advised to speak to their GP.

The bacteria can cause the lung infection Legionnaire’s Disease. Droplets of water which contain the bacteria can cause the infection if they are breathed in.

While there’s no suggestion that the leisure bosses have not fully carried-out their responsibilities here, it is important to stress the need for all companies to have regular monitoring and cleaning routines. All companies who have five or more staff, or have customers visiting their premises, must have access to competent advice to apply health and safety legislation.

At SAS Water Ltd, we also work with architects, developers and builders to plan water systems. We have WRAS approved plumbers who are certified to ensure vital safety devices, such as RPZ valves, are installed correctly.

Public Health England’s statistics show there were 35 cases of Legoionella infection recorded in September, bringing the 2019 total to 367 in nine months.

If you require further information, please contact our Managing Director, Lizzie Ward, via email,, or phone, 01335 347058.

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