Legionella restrictions remain at Lincoln sheltered housing

Water restrictions will remain in place at a Lincoln sheltered housing block where Legionella bacteria was found, for at least another three days.

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

The City of Lincoln Council said a chemical-clean of the water system was taking longer than expected.

Bottled drinking water and alternative bathing facilities have been provided.

No cases of infection among the 51 residents have been reported.

John Bibby, the city council's director of housing and community services, said the restrictions would remain in place until "at least Tuesday".

'Fantastic staff'

The water system will continue to be flushed with chemicals until clear results are returned from the lab.

"The health and well-being of our residents is the council's highest priority," Mr Bibby said.

"We understand that they and their families will be concerned, but we have taken these steps to ensure the health of all those living in St Botolph's Court."

One of the residents, Wynn Arnold, said: "I wasn't worried - the staff here have been fantastic.

"They've brought water - more than we want - the only inconvenience would be showering.

"But we just have to get a bottle of water and put it in a bowl. If you've been through the war you can do this."

Residents have been offered alternative accommodation but so far none have wanted to move.

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