No legionella bacteria was detected in the latest testing of water at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio (CCNO), meaning remediation should put an end to the situation.
“We got that result and immediately reached out to our contact at the Ohio Department of Health,” said CCNO Director Dennis Sullivan. “We can start a hot water remediation and we’ll be back to operating like normal.”
He indicated the remediation entails turning up the facility’s hot water heaters to raise the temperature of the water to 140 degrees, running the heated water through the system and then flushing it out.
Sullivan said staff and inmates were notified to avoid using hot water since the increased temperature needed would leading to scalding.
He added ODH could suggest a follow-up test be done after remediation as a precaution.
The water to the facility has been shut off since Feb. 16 when an inmate tested positive for the bacteria prior to a scheduled surgery at a local hospital.
The CCNO executive board authorized the emergency purchase and use of water filters to be used so inmates and staff could safely have limited use of showers and sinks.
The purchase amount authorized was up to $20,000, but last week Sullivan advised the board it spent $14,500 on the filters. He also told the board members, in light of the preliminary test, he didn’t plan on purchasing more filters.
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