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.
Bacteria like Legionella is common in tap water and is usually harmless, but too much can cause big issues for those with compromised immune systems.
The tap water at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport was off limits this weekend so they could chlorinate the water lines and eliminate and Legionella in the system.
The Niagara County Department of Health called it a prevention practice.
Daniel Stapleton explained, “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 what they’re supposed to be doing.”
The tap water is now back on, and the hospital has removed all restrictions.