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Water Management Policy

It is the policy of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) to prevent or, where this is not practical, control Legionellosis and Pseudomonas at the sites and within the areas over which it has managerial responsibility either directly or through a service level agreement (SLA). This policy has been developed with advice from the Trust’s Estates Professional Group, Infection Control Team, Water Safety Group and associated Partner Organisations. The procedures contained in this Policy are the preventative measures to be undertaken within the premises of the Trust, or its partners, and are to be read in conjunction with: -

  • HSE Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (ACOP) L8   HSG274 Parts 1,2 and 3

  • HTM 04-01: The Control of Legionella, hygiene, “safe” hot water, cold water and drinking water systems

  • HTM 04-01: Addendum Pseudomonas aeruginosa – advice for augmented care units

  • HTM 04-01: Supplement Model Engineering Specification D08 Thermostatic mixing valves

  • The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems L8: Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)


The management of water systems, including control of Legionella and Pseudomonas is a continuing responsibility. The effectiveness of precautionary measures should be continually monitored, and a continuing programme to ensure awareness should be devised. Management of water systems has developed in recent years including the awareness relating to the requirements of Legionella and Pseudomonas. However, it is important to be aware that all water systems are capable of colonisation by Legionella and Pseudomonas and having robust procedures and control measures in place is vital if we are to protect Service Users, Staff, Contractors and Visitors.


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Water Management Policy

Water Management Policy - Associated Documents

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Water Management Policy - EIA