Englewood Hospital battling lead contaminated water

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Lead found in water at Englewood Hospital
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Lucy Yang reports from Englewood, New Jersey.

ENGLEWOOD, New Jersey (WABC) -- Englewood Hospital is facing a different kind of emergency: lead contamination in its water.

According to the medical center: "Water samples tested on December 21, 2016, from some of our buildings were found to have levels of lead which exceed the federal action level of 15 parts per billion."

In fact, one source tells Eyewitness News that some of the water tested reached 1,200 parts per billion.

"Lead can cause decreases in IQ, can affect behavior, attention, mood, growth. There's no good lead level in the body. Lead is just a known toxin, and in high levels can cause seizures," said Dr. Allen Dozer, Boston Children's Health Phys.

Given the alarming results, the hospital reports, "We are providing bottled and/or tank water throughout our medical center, including on all units for patient and employee use and in the kitchen for all meal preparation."

This as the hospital is irks with the NJDEP to locate the source of the dangerous contamination.

So far, the NJDEP has confirmed that the source of the water, Suez, does not carry lead.

So investigators might have to start testing the pipes and faucet fixtures, all as they continue to care for the sick.

Digging into the pipes is not an easy process, but the priority now is finding and eliminating the cause of the contamination.

Englewood Hospital is offering free lead testing to anyone who is concerned about their consumption of tap water while at the hospital from September 3, 2015 to January 12, 2017.

Testing is most encouraged for those who were pregnant or a child under the age of six.

Patients, family members, and other visitors: Information about testing can be obtained by calling 201-894-3446.

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