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Sediment from Dayton’s water supply caused lead contamination in Miami Valley Hospital’s water for a short amount of time, hospital officials concluded Friday from their own investigation.
A short-term road construction project on Warren and Brown streets near the hospital likely disturbed the sediment, officials said, causing the the elevated lead levels that has forced Miami Valley to shut down water sources in three buildings for the past 20 days.
A major feed line for water to the hospital was part of the ongoing construction work on Warren and Brown streets and once the hospital switched from this source there has not been any issues with lead, Miami Valley officials said.
The construction could have had a “dramatic impact,” especially if there wasn’t an effective flushing system to remove sediment from the pipes, according to a Tim Keane, a water quality consultant for the hospital.
Water samples tested five to 10 times over the Environmental Protection Agency’s guideline for lead amounts.
The federal guidelines state lead levels must be under 15 parts per billion.