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The lockdown restrictions in place over the last couple of months has meant several business premises have been forced to close which means water within the building plumbing systems will have been left stagnant. This can cause the water quality to deteriorate within the plumbing system in a number of ways:

  • Warming of water
  • Growth of micro-organisms (e.g. bacteria, legionella)
  • Increased leaching of metals found in plumbing (could cause discolouration)
  • Taste and odour from prolonged contact with some plumbing materials

We would like to bring to your attention the steps that should be taken to remove any stagnant water and renew your water supply before your workforce return to work and use the water.

  • Identify all items that use water within the building (taps, showers, appliances, toilets, urinals, drinks machines, bathrooms, etc) and any water storage (tanks and cisterns). Anything storing water should be emptied and refilled first.
  • Then gently flush all cold-water outlets individually starting with the tap nearest to where the water enters the building and move systematically to the most distant outlet including flushing toilets. Flush until the water is cool to the touch or the same temperature as the water closest to where it enters the building.
  • Minimise the potential of creating aerosols by flushing gently, removing aerators, shower heads and any other tap inserts or attachments. Close toilet seat lids before flushing.
  • If there are any outlets that require servicing or cleaning by an external contractor (e.g. coffee machines, soft drinks machines) switch off the supply to them and do not use until a contractor can visit.
  • Ensure appliances are flushed and internal filters and softeners are checked to ensure they are flushed and working correctly as outlined in manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Once the cold water has flushed through, repeat the process with the hot water outlets.

Please contact Wessex Water if further information is required email: water.regulations@wessexwater.co.uk

CORONAVIRUS (Covid-19)

In an effort to support those most vulnerable in the village during these uncertain times, there is to be a central list of contacts where volunteers can leave their names and contact details for anyone requiring assistance.  Those looking for help, including those self isolating, can likewise give their details to our central contact who will be in touch with a volunteer to help out.  We suggest that for shopping, collecting prescriptions etc, the arrangements (including payments etc), are made directly between the volunteer and the person making the request.

The Parish Council is extremely grateful to Sarah Booth (as indeed is the whole village) for agreeing to be the central coordinator who will put together the list of volunteers, and so anyone requiring assistance should telephone Sarah whose details are: 01985 844 264 or s.booth38@btinternet.com    Everyone should be aware that Sarah is self-distancing for the moment so please always contact her by phone or (preferably) email and do not visit her.

Separately, a local food wholesaler in Zeals, La Chasse, wishes to help those who cannot get out to go food shopping.  They are offering a 10% discount on minimum orders (over £80) and require payment upfront.  Delivery times are inevitably flexible.  Here are the contacts for them: La Chasse Limited, The Warehouse, St Martins Farm, Zeals BA12 6NZ, Tel: 01747 840996, www.lachasselimited.co.uk , and orders@lachasselimited.co.uk
For those with internet connection here are some useful links:

Useful contact numbers:
NHS 111 – only call 111 if you cannot get help online
Education queries – phone the Department for Education on 0800 046 8687
Wiltshire Council – 0300 456 0100

Please look out for your neighbours and keep well and safe

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