St. Elizabeths Hospital to Get Drinking Water Fixed

The bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ disease was found in the water system last month

St. Elizabeths Hospital, D.C.'s public psychiatric hospital, may soon have running water again.

The hospital's water operations should be fully operational by Friday, D.C.'s Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Wayne Turnage told WTOP-FM.

The District-owned facility has been without running water since Sept. 26 when the bacteria that can cause Legionnaires' disease were found in its water system. Staff and patients have been relying on bottled water and running water substitutes, such as body wash spray.

An attorney for patient advocacy group Disability Rights DC says the lack of potable water has been difficult. Andrea Procaccino told The Washington Post last week that some patients hadn't been able to shower for days.

Despite the lack of potable water, the hospital has continued to admit patients.

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