Domestic Hot and Cold Water Responsibilities For ACoP L8 Compliance

Domestic hot and cold water systems are subject to ACoP L8 compliance where they are installed in rental accommodation, housing association property, retirement homes, sheltered accommodation or council managed properties.

Your responsibility as a landlord or manager of such properties, is to make sure that your water system is regularly checked and cleaned as required. AMES are delighted to carry out scheduled testing and cleaning of properties in your care, to ensure that your water system meets legal requirements.


Your ACoP L8 Compliance Responsibilities
The grid below outlines the recommended inspection, treatment and recording responsibilities for domestic hot and cold water services, according to ACOP L8:
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How Often?

What should be done?

Should I record it in logbook?

Weekly Flush little used outlets YES
Monthly Check temperature of sentinel outlets and a representative number of outlets YES
Quarterly Clean and disinfect all shower heads and hoses, where applicable YES
Six-monthly Sampling regime for Category II Potability, Legionella and TVC/Coliforms/E-Coil YES
Annually Ensure all outlets throughout building have been checked each year

see Monthly, above

YES

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Domestic Hot & Cold Water Systems: Legionella Risk Assessments

Legionella risk assessments for landlords, housing associations, local authorities and property managers.

The Building Research Establishment has identified that around 10% of domestic homes have legionella in their water system. Local authorities and landlords with larger housing stock may be able to have a generic risk assessment carried out providing they are clear on the nature of water systems involved. Clearly some domestic systems carry greater risks than others (e.g. where water is stored rather than being heated through a combi-boiler).

We can assist housing associations with appropriate risk assessments on their stock of domestic properties. AMES can help with weighing up the associated risks of water treatment and management (Legionella, risk of scalding, impact of biocides etc).

Legionella Risk Assessments May Include
Asset Register
Schematic Drawing
Risk Report
Recommendations
Management Control
System Pictures

Cold Water Storage Tank responsibilities in order to comply with ACoP L8

If you take care of company’s water systems, including cold water storage tank responsibilities, you may find the information below, particularly useful.  It is your legal responsibility to have your water systems assessed for risks of disease.  A suitable plan of action to keep your water systems healthy and address any risks found is also a requirement.

The grid describes routine services required to maintain cold water storage tanks in domestic water services, according to ACOP L8.

AMES Legionella Risk Control are the perfect choice for trustworthy, routine examination, cleaning or treatment of your property’s cold water tanks.

 

How Often?

What should be done?

Should I record it in logbook?

 Six-Monthly Check stored water temperature and incoming main water temperature YES
Six-Monthly Internally inspect tanks for cleanliness YES
Six-Monthly Check tanks remedial items (i.e. rodent screens, vents, insulation is intact, etc.) YES
Annually Check stored water temperature and incoming main water temperature

 

YES
Annually Internally inspect tanks for cleanliness and clean and chlorinate if contaminated YES
Annually Take water samples for laboratory analysis YES

Water Heater / Hot Water Unit Responsibilities For ACoP L8 Compliance

Water heater / Hot Water Units have certain characteristics and features in common. This allows us to formulate a regular schedule of testing, checks and cleaning for them in order to keep them operating safely.

Below are our recommendations for scheduling water temperature monitoring, water sampling and actions to take, should legionella contamination or other elevated bacterial levels be found. These suggestions are based on the governments ACoP L8 documentation.

In partnership with AMES, you can be sure to meet your compliance requirements and keep your staff and clients safe. A simple routine testing regime is key in maintaining confidence and keeping your water-systems operating safely.

We specialise in scheduled monitoring, testing and cleaning to the highest standards. Keep your water system compliant with the Health & Safety Executive’s requirements using AMES Legionella Control services.


How Often

What To Do

Should I Record It In Logbook?

 Monthly Check Water Heater/Calorifier operating temperature YES
Monthly Check temperature of nearest and furthest hot taps from Water Heater/Calorifier YES
Six-Monthly Water Heater/Calorifier inspection YES
Annually Take water samples for Laboratory Analysis. Disinfect Water Heater/Calorifier and hot water system if contaminated

 

YES

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