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Miami Valley Hospital Says Its Water Is Safe To Drink Again

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Two weeks after Miami Valley Hospital discovered lead in the city water supply for two of its buildings, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency confirmed the water is safe to drink again.

Miami Valley says it will now discontinue its use of bottled water.

“When our routine water testing identified lead concerns last month, we immediately took action to safeguard the health of patients, employees and visitors by distributing bottled water, testing and flushing our water system, and taking other precautions,” says Mark Shaker, president of Miami Valley Hospital. “As a result of taking appropriate steps through a collaborative approach, we were able to resolve this matter as soon as possible. We are pleased to have this independent verification that the drinking water across our campus is safe.”

In a release, the hospital said it is offering lead testing to certain employees. As of Wednesday, results for lead tests had been received for 104 employees; all 104 came back within normal levels.

The hospital continues to offer testing to employees who have worked in the southeast addition, Berry Women’s Center, or the Weber building since December, when routine tests showed lead levels in the hospital’s water were normal.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.