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Tips about keeping water systems clear

It's important to make sure your water is fresh and free from harmful bacteria. Bacteria can develop in pipes that aren't regularly flushed with water – particularly in dead-ends like showers and outside taps.

There are a few simple steps you can take:

  • If you have a shower that isn't used regularly, run it once a week to prevent water stagnating in the pipes.
  • Clean your shower head every six months to prevent the build-up of bacteria. Cleaning also removes limescale, where bacteria can breed.
  • If you have an outdoor tap, run it once a week to prevent the water from stagnating in the pipes.