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D.C.'s St. Elizabeths Hospital Gets Clean Water After 28 Days


By Cathy Jakicic Health Care Facilities
legionella bacteria

Twenty-eight days after tests revealed harmful bacteria in the water at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., the psychiatric hospital had clean water again, according to the DCist website.

On September 26, a routine water test showed pseudomonas and legionella bacteria in St. Elizabeths’ water supply. 

The hospital’s more than 270 patients and 700 staff were using bottled water for drinking and cooking, as well as hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and portable showers for 28 days

The hospital’s nearly 900 faucets were replaced and the St. Elizabeths water line was chlorinated.

Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of FacilitiesNet.com. For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, check out the FacilitiesNet healthcare page

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