During routine water quality testing, YKHC learned that five of 19 water samples taken at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital were above the action level of 0.015 mg/L for lead.
The five water samples above the action level were taken from faucets in the north wing and west wing. All other samples, taken from outpatient clinics, OB, and CHSB, were below the action level. Additional testing is planned for Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital, 800 building, and Qavartarvik Hostel.
YKHC is issuing this notice as a precaution for infants, young children, and pregnant women to avoid drinking water from the affected taps.
YKHC will be labeling each affected tap and labeling or setting up safe drinking water locations in the hospital lobby, north and west wings, OB, ER lobby, and cafeteria. These safety precautions will remain in place as we perform additional water testing and adjust water treatment processes to reduce lead levels.
YKHC has consulted with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on treatment techniques to control for lead and is working closely with the State of Alaska Division of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) to conduct further testing. YKHC will also continue to work closely with our engineering firm to make any necessary adjustments to water treatment processes.
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