(Press Release from Erica Cline-University Hospital)
Augusta, Ga. – We are under a boil water alert until further notice. Please be advised that patients and visitors are not to drink tap water, use tap water to make coffee or use ice from the ice machines.
• Surgical procedures are being performed as scheduled.
• Endoscopy has cancelled all elective procedures, but is prepared to handle emergencies.
• For hand hygiene, please keep the use of tap water to a minimum and rely on hand gel.
• The Food Court, Chick-fil-A and New Moon Cafe are closed today.
• Bottled water is for sale in the Cafeteria. They will be open until midnight.
BOIL WATER NOTICE from the Augusta Utilities Department:
The Augusta Utilities Department has experienced a brief incident of high turbidity in finished water at the Highland Avenue Water Treatment Plant. The service area for the Highland Avenue plant is the area North of Gordon Highway, Fort Gordon and East Augusta. This area includes all Augusta University campuses and all health system facilities in Richmond County.
In order to protect the public from a potential health hazard, all citizens in the service area are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil.
Citizens should continue to boil their water until they are notified by their drinking water utility that the water system has been restored to full operation, and that the microbiological quality of the water in the distribution system is safe for human consumption. are working to address how this notice will affect the various units in our enterprise. Additional information will be available as we complete our planning.
1. The Drinking Water Permitting & Engineering Program of the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has issued this public advisory. Please take the necessary steps to issue this notice by radio & TV announcements, by newspaper, and/or hand delivery. Make sure that all your water customers have been notified of this public advisory.
2. The boil water notice must remain in effect until testing is completed and Georgia EPD determines the affected areas and the water quality in these areas has been demonstrated to be microbiologically safe to drink.
About University Health Care System: University Health Care System is anchored by the 581-bed University Hospital and serves Augusta-Richmond County and the surrounding region. University Hospital is governed by the Board of Trustees of University Health Services, which serves voluntarily to help ensure that our patients have quality medical services. Founded in 1818 as City Hospital, the hospital was first located on the 100 block of Greene Street. University has since moved through four facilities to its present location, which opened in 1970. Over the years, the campus has expanded to include the Heart & Vascular Institute and office buildings that house more than 600 private practice physicians and various treatment centers.