The Malta Independent 30 May 2020, Saturday

Authorities provide clarification after confusion on water test requirement for hair salons

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 16:45 Last update: about 10 days ago

The health authorities have issued a statement to answer questions about a water test that was included in the guidelines issued to hair salons and barbers, which are allowed to reopen on Friday.

Salon owners were left confused after receiving a document stating that a legionella water test is a legal requirement they have to fulfil before reopening their establishments.

The test, which can be performed by the Water Services Corporation or by two private laboratories, takes up to 10 days to process.


Salon owners told The Malta Independent that this means that they will not be able to reopen by Friday.

The Water Services Corporation is offering a 'complete solution' for legionella testing

 The guideline document sent to salon and barber shop owners states that the test results must be sent to the Environmental Health Directorate prior reopening of the establishment, the document reads.

"Laboratory results for Legionella analysis which have to be carried out at an accredited laboratory, together with all the necessary documentation referred to in point 5 above and a declaration from the private water consultant under whom this water system treatment has been carried out are to be sent to the Water Regulatory and Auditing Unit within the Environmental Health Directorate prior reopening of the establishment," the document reads.

"Once it is found that your systems of the hot and cold water are under control then the establishment can reopen," the next paragraph says.

Salon owners said they had been given conflicting information by the authorities and, as a result, were not taking any bookings.

A quotation given by the Water Services Corporation

In a statement, the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate said that, if the water supply is direct from mains, flushing of the water system by opening all taps for a few minutes should suffice. 

If the supply of water is through a roof tank, this should be cleaned and the water system flushed through for a few minutes. It is important that the water heater temperature is raised to 60˚C, and thus there is no need to take samples and get approval from the Environmental Health Directorate.

If the shop forms part of a complex or a hotel and the water supply is through the complex or hotel main water system, operators should follow the mitigation measures in outlined in the document Mitigation measures for Hairdressers, Barbers, Nail Technicians and Nail Artists (Annex 1) on




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