Eastern Niagara hospital chlorinating water system

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB)- Eastern Niagara Hospital is chlorinating its water system in response to a potential Legionella case.

Legionella is a common form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria which lives naturally in water and moist soil.  It is not transmitted from person to person.

Carolyn Moore, ENH Community Relations Director, tells News 4 “there is no outbreak of Legionella.”

In a statement released Saturday afternoon Moore wrote,

“The Hospital is currently undergoing a hyper-chlorination treatment process in order to ensure that any contaminants and bacteria are eliminated. While this precautionary process is taking place, tap water has been restricted in all areas. Patients, staff and visitors are being supplied with bottled water.

Hospitals often need to address this issue and, in fact, hospitals east of WNY have recently seen evidence of increased need to undertake precautions.   

The public should be assured that there is no outbreak of Legionella and that the Hospital is acting expeditiously to assure the highest levels of water purity.”

Daniel Stapleton, Public Health Director for Niagara County stated, “We take these precautions seriously. The safety of patients, visitors and staff is of paramount importance. We are working together to ensure that. I am most appreciative of the precautionary steps that Eastern Niagara Hospital has taken.”

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