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Legionella deep clean for West Exe Technology College

West Exe Technology College
Image caption The school said the cleaning work was being monitored by Devon County Council

An Exeter school is undergoing deep cleaning after bacteria that can cause Legionnaires' disease was found in its water system.

Community use of some classrooms at West Exe Technology College over the Easter holidays was suspended while contractors cleaned its water system.

When the legionella bacteria was discovered in February, pupils were advised to drink bottled water.

In a letter to parents, the school said it should not pose a risk to health.

The bacteria was in two isolated, non-drinking water locations - one with no student access and the other an area "rarely used" by a small number of students.

The school's water system was chlorinated, but further sampling in March revealed some bacteria was still present and further remedial work was necessary.

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