LOCKPORT – Facing a potential case of Legionella, Eastern Niagara Hospital announced Saturday that it is chlorinating its water system and restricting the use of tap water.
Legionella – a common form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, which live in water and moist soil – is not transmitted from person to person.
Hospital spokeswoman Carolyn Moore emphasized that there is no outbreak of Legionella.
“The hospital is currently undergoing a hyperchlorination treatment process in order to ensure that any contaminants and bacteria are eliminated,” she said in a statement Saturday. “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.”