We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our tenants and employees and recognise that the risks from legionella bacteria may arise within your home.

Legionnaires’ disease is a form of pneumonia caused by the legionella bacteria and can kill. Legionella is bacteria common in natural rivers, lakes, and artificial water systems such as hot and cold water systems, storage tanks, pipe works, taps, and showers.

Legionella bacteria can survive in low temperatures but thrive between 20 degrees Celsius and 45 degrees Celsius. Temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius will kill the bacteria. The infection is caused by the inhalation of water droplets or spray mists which have been contaminated by the bacteria. It is not contracted through drinking contaminated water and cannot be passed from person to person.