Illinois is spending at least $2.3 million to remediate the water system at a Quincy veterans home following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that killed 12 residents and sickened over 40 others at the facility.
The state has hired companies to monitor the water system and build a secondary water treatment facility.
Ryan Yantis, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman, said that “This automatic water treatment site will add additional disinfectant chemicals to the campus-wide water system to improve water quality,” and that “A permanent water treatment plant will be constructed while the temporary site functions.”
The age of the facility (129 years) was a contributing factor in the outbreak.
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