Many homeowners don’t realise how ill you can get if the water in your hosepipe “backflows” into your drinking water supply, or becomes contaminated by potentially lethal bacteria, such as Legionella, that can thrive in warm, stagnant water and lead to Legionnaires’ disease.
The following simple steps will help protect you and your hosepipe but if in any doubt, always seek advice from a WaterSafe-approved plumber who will be able to ensure you have the right safety measures in place.
Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Healthsaid: “Getting the message out about hosepipe safety is of great importance for the public’s health.
“The RSPH welcomes WaterSafe’s release of their top hosepipe DO’S and DON’T’S - sensible and practical advice that will help prevent those who follow it from potentially contracting serious diseases such as Legionnaires’.”
For more information on the RSPH visit www.rsph.org.uk.