DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- Even more elevated lead levels have been detected at Miami Valley Hospital in areas where some of the most vulnerable are treated.
Water test results 2 NEWS Investigates obtained from the Ohio EPA show elevated levels more than 18 times the federal standard as recently as Tuesday.
Miami Valley Hospital is taking extra precautions after the latest testing.
Out of the 43 different recent samples taken, 18 came back within an acceptable rage..the rest were over.
They’re providing the entire southeast addition with bottled water, including the maternity ward in the Berry building.
If ingested, high levels of lead can be dangerous, especially to young children or pregnant women.
A hospital spokeswoman tells us they have tested pregnant and breast feeding employees and they all have come back with normal ranges.
A hotline has been set up by the hospital for anyone with concerns: (937) 208-2666.
They are shutting off drinking fountains and ice makers and posting warning signs until the levels return to normal.
As far as what is causing the spike, nobody really knows for sure.
But, the hospital spokesperson indicated they’re concerned about the construction going on right outside their hospital on Brown and Warren street. Detectable levels of lead were found at the entry points to their water supply along those roads.
The EPA and the City of Dayton are looking into every possibility.
We found Miami Valley Hospital has only recently had to submit its water test results to the Ohio EPA.
it’s only been considered a public system for about a year. Their first test in December did not show elevated levels.