ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic says the water is safe to drink at the St. Mary’s Hospital campus.
Olmsted County has confirmed the water meets all state requirements for use, which also includes hand washing, bathing, and showering.
“Our staff embraced this challenge, and we are grateful to all staff involved, especially clinical staff, food services, logistics, environmental services and facilities,” says Priya Sampathkumar, M.D., chair of Infection Prevention and Control Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic. “We have the best people at Mayo Clinic doing what they can every day to provide the best patient care and make sure our patients have the best experience at Mayo.”
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ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic says it continues to test the water at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Reports of dark-colored water coming out of faucets and toilets at the St. Mary’s campus were first made Monday. Mayo staff was told not to drink the water or use it to bathe or shower patients.
An investigation has now traced the discoloration to the well serving St. Mary’s. Mayo says initial tests have not found any bacterial contamination or heavy metals in the water.
The cafeterias at Mayo have been cleared for use, with the filters on coffee machines and other equipment changed and most are back online. Ice machines across the campus will be marked once they are ready for use.
Mayo says Marian Hall has been flushed but use of faucets for any other use than handwashing is not advised as of Thursday. The water systems in the Domitilla and Francis buildings have also been flushed. Additional testing continues in other areas.
Mayo says there have been no reports of illness or other symptoms linked to this water discoloration.