Many allotment holders have garden hoses and water butts on their plots so the following advice is useful to help prevent Legionnaires’ Disease on the plot.
- Empty the water out of garden hoses after use and do not leave full hoses in the sun after use.
- Avoid splashing water around when watering pots.
- Keep water storage containers such as tanks and butts clean by emptying and scrubbing out once a year.
- Insulate tanks and butts to reduce temperatures increasing in warm weather or paint them with a light colour to reflect the heat.
- If the temperature of stored water for use in mist irrigation or sprinklers is above 20°C, do not use.
It’s simple and common sense advice but it’s always worth repeating. *Advice taken from RHS website