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  • Tips to keep your water supply clean and healthy

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    Things you do in the home can affect your water quality, and even encourage bacteria growth. Please read the tips below to make sure it is clean and healthy.

  • Water temperature

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    If you have a domestic hot water storage tank, a combination boiler or a multi-point water heater in your home, make sure the thermostat is set at 60°C. Do not reduce this setting as bacteria can multiply at lower temperatures.

    If you are away from home for long periods, for example holidays, the water in your system can deteriorate if unused.  When you return home heat up your system to the normal temperature, open each hot and cold tap (including outside taps) and the shower and run the water for at least 5 minutes. Also flush toilets twice to empty the system of any stale water.

  • Taps

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    Tap spouts on your bath and sinks can become dirty, so to be safe, clean them by wiping with a dilute bleach solution. If the tap is heavily scaled this can be dislodged using a nylon brush. If you have an outside tap then it must have a backflow prevention device, usually a double check valve.

  • Shower

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    If you have a shower fitted with a flexible hose, make sure that a hose retaining ring is fitted to prevent the shower head falling into your bath water. Don’t use rubber push-on shower hoses on your bath taps, because if your water company have to turn off your water supply in an emergency, the contents of your bath may be siphoned back into the mains causing contamination. Clean your shower head regularly using a nylon brush then soak in a bleach solution.

  • Washing machines and dishwashers

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    Any appliances you buy which are connected to the water supply must comply with the water regulations. All domestic appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers are manufactured to the appropriate standards, but many commercial appliances do not and are not suitable for home use.

  • Water filters

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    Both jug and fixed types must be cleaned and maintained in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.

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  • 02/06/2016

    Updated by Elesh Makwana on 02/06/2016 10:29:28

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