Texas flood­ing prompts boil-wa­ter no­tice for Austin providers

Modern Healthcare - - Regional News -

All hos­pi­tals, health­care fa­cil­i­ties and res­i­dents of Austin, Texas, last week had to boil wa­ter for drink­ing and food prepa­ra­tion due to flood­wa­ters over­whelm­ing the city’s wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties.

Travis County au­thor­i­ties ex­pected the boil wa­ter or­der to last 10 to 14 days as the city works to re­store its wa­ter treat­ment sys­tem, which serves nearly 900,000 peo­ple. Heavy rains in­un­dated the High­land Lakes above the city—from which the city gets its wa­ter—with mud and silt, slow­ing the wa­ter-treat­ment process.

The Se­ton Health­care Fam­ily, owned by As­cen­sion, ac­ti­vated its emer­gency man­age­ment team at its six Austin hos­pi­tals, in­clud­ing Dell Se­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter at the Univer­sity of Texas, as well as at its clin­ics and out­pa­tient cen­ters.

Se­ton staff and pa­tients are us­ing bot­tled and boiled wa­ter in the cafe­te­rias and for per­sonal con­sump­tion, said Se­ton spokes­woman Kath­leen Had­lock. She said the boil-wa­ter pre­cau­tions had not caused any dis­rup­tion in pa­tient care, and no one has got­ten sick due to con­tam­i­nated wa­ter.

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