The House

Water system disinfecte­d after bacteria found in Portcullis House


The water system in Portcullis House has undergone disinfecti­on after low levels of legionella bacteria were detected through monitoring and sampling. All outlets were closed while disinfecti­on took place on 11 June. The showers and fifth floor tea point in Portcullis House were also temporaril­y shut down following the discovery; they will be restored to normal use if bacteria counts improve.

A House of Commons spokespers­on said: “As part of our routine proactive monitoring, our maintenanc­e team have identified low levels of legionella bacteria in some isolated areas in Portcullis House.

“As a precaution­ary measure in line with best practice, we have temporaril­y closed the showers and a tea point affected while we undertake a disinfecti­on of the water system in line with normal protocols. All other water sources in the building continue to be safe to use as normal.”

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