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How not to run out of water

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, December 7, 2019

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by John Palmer

Running out of water in an emergency is not something a hospital wants to think about. It’s taken for granted that water is always nearby—in a tank, an adjacent lake, even trucked in if necessary. However, recent events have shown that it can and does happen:

  • When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, multiple hospitals lost water service for weeks or months
  • A Florida nursing home lost its water service for over two days after Hurricane Ivan struck the state in 2004
  • Several hospitals in West Virginia were under a “do not drink” advisory for four days following a 2014 chemical spill in the Elk River
  • After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a hospital in Mississippi was without water service for 18 hours

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