Saturday 21 April 2018

Temple Street Children's Hospital departments without drinking water due to high chlorine levels

Dublin's Temple Street Childrens Hospital
Dublin's Temple Street Childrens Hospital

Eilish O’Regan

Three departments in Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s Hospital were without drinking water today after elevated chlorine levels were found in its supply.

Chlorine is used to disinfect drinking water and cuts waterborne diseases but there are concerns about its potential side-effects at high levels.

Children and visitors in the affected areas of the hospital were relying on bottled water.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said it was” experiencing some issues with the water supply in three departments.

“As a precaution staff have been advised not to use the water from the main supplies for human consumption until further notice.

“The hospital can confirm that following  an inspection carried out by its  water management  provider  that elevated chlorine levels has been found  in one main water supply to the hospital”

The spokeswoman said the its did not affect the ability to serve meals to its young patients, staff and visitors.

“The hospital can confirm that the food production areas are reading normally. Bottled water has been made available for use in clinical areas”

She added that Irish Water and Dublin City Council are working in conjunction with Temple Street Hospital to resolve the issue.  

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