St Botolph's Court: Legionella water restriction lifting starts

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Water restrictions at a Lincoln sheltered housing block where Legionella bacteria was found have begun to be lifted.

The bacteria, which can cause the lung infection Legionnaires' disease, was discovered in the water system at St Botolph's Court last week.

The city council said food preparation facilities had been restored, but showering restrictions remained.

The accommodation is currently home to 51 elderly residents.

'Final precaution'

The city council said on Saturday that a chemical-clean of the water system was taking longer than the expected 36 hours, and that bottled drinking water and alternative bathing facilities were being provided.

John Bibby, the city council's director of housing and community services said: "Initial test results are clear but the health and well-being of our residents is of the utmost importance.

"As a final precaution the shower areas will therefore remain out of use for a few more days until we receive the formal results from the laboratory."

The council said the levels of bacteria had been "higher than minimum" and apologised for any inconvenience caused.

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