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Water main incident: Advice for food businesses

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Published: 26/09/2014

Food business operators who are unable to make suitable alternative arrangements to provide a supply of fresh water following Thursday’s water main incident in Kingswood are advised to consider closing the premises.

It is an offence to operate a food business without water as food business staff will be unable to wash their hands and clean and disinfect utensils and equipment, which may result in the contamination of food.

However, businesses selling wrapped low-risk and fully wrapped foods, which have been prepared off-site in a facility which does have running water, may stay open and continue to sell food as normal.

Council officers will visit food premises over the weekend, if supply disruption continues, to ensure that suitable arrangements are in place, or affected businesses remain closed.

Toilets should also be closed to customers due to the hygiene implications.

Workplaces with no running water should also consider the welfare implications for staff if there are no drinking water and toilet facilities, and may need to close.

Once the water supply has been reinstated, current advice is for the water to be allowed to flush through for 30 minutes before using it.


Food Team
Environmental Health
Tel: 01454 868001



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