Tyne & Wear

New water system at dry ski centre after legionella bug fear

Silksworth Snowsport Centre
Image caption The complex is expected to reopen at the end of August

A new water system is being installed at Sunderland's dry ski centre, after the legionella bacterium was found.

Silkworth Sports Complex was closed in June after higher than normal levels of bacteria were found during routine monitoring.

The bug can lead to Legionnaires' disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.

Work on a new system to minimise the risk of future contamination is due to be completed by the end of August.

Julie Grey, head of community services at Sunderland City Council, said: "The investigation was undertaken as a precautionary measure, after regular tests showed higher than usual levels of contamination, including low levels of the legionella bacteria which is found naturally in all water courses.

"We appreciate our customers' patience while work continues and look forward to welcoming them to Silksworth ski-slope when it reopens."

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