Drinking water at Perth Children’s Hospital cleared for consumption after legionella scare

Perth Children's Hospital.
Perth Children's Hospital.

DRINKING water at Perth Children’s Hospital has been re-opened for use today after chlorine level test results showed it is safe to drink from the water supply.

The Perth Children’s Hospital water system was closed on Friday in order to undertake an intensive cleaning and disinfection program, following the detection of bacteria including legionella in the system and to allow the treatment to take effect.

Results received yesterday afternoon showed that chlorine levels in the water system have returned to those consistent with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

The showers in the end of trip facilities remain closed as a precautionary measure with the hospital to continue remediation to ensure the bacteria is eradicated.

The hospital is due to treat its first patients in outpatient clinics on May 14 before the final patient move and opening of the emergency department on June 10.

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