Swindon's Link Centre showers reopen after Legionella scare

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The majority of showers at a leisure centre in Swindon have reopened following the discovery of the potentially lethal Legionella bacteria.

The bug, which can cause Legionnaires' disease, was found following a routine check at the Link centre in the town.

Last month higher levels of the bacteria were found than normal at the sports centre.

But Swindon Borough Council said the "health of centre users had not been put at risk".

Special filters

The investigation followed routine tests at the centre and the local authority believes it has caught the problem at an early stage.

Temporary showering facilities had been put in place while the work was carried out.

Since then the affected systems have been treated to kill any bacteria and special filters fitted as an additional precaution.

All other water supplies in the Link, such as taps, lavatories and the swimming pool, were unaffected.

The Link Centre is one of the county's largest sports centres, which features the only ice rink in Wiltshire.

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