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Water systems at the Veterans Affairs hospitals in Oakland and O’Hara in the Pittsburgh area were closed on Sunday and Monday this week to install chlorine injectors to the cold water lines.

According to a VA spokesman, due to stricter guidelines, the Oakland hospital was also hyperchlorinated to eliminate a strain of Legionella that doesn’t cause illness.  These stricter guidelines came about after an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease occurred at the VA Pittsburgh between February 2011 and November 2012 which led to the deaths of six veterans and sickened many others.

The chlorine injectors are expected to allow the hospitals to maintain appropriate levels of disinfectant in the water system and minimize pipe damage at the same time.


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