Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport, NY made its tap water off-limits over the past weekend in order to chlorinate the water system and eliminate Legionella bacteria. These disinfection steps were taken after it was learned that a potential case of Legionellosis (which includes Legionnaires’ disease,) may be associated with the hospital. Legionella bacteria are known to have the potential to cause Legionnaires’ disease or Pontiac fever in susceptible individuals.
Daniel Stapleton with the Niagara County Department of Health said these were precautionary steps and that “The public has never been at risk and it won’t be at risk. We regularly check the files and systems of these waterways and they’re all doing wat they’re supposed to be doing.”
As of Monday, August 25, the water was turned back on.
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