ECU officials: water outage didn’t impact sanitation for patients

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – ECU officials said at no point were patients or staff exposed to unsanitary conditions during the water outage Tuesday on the Health Sciences Campus.

Officials said they noticed the problem late Monday night. Shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, facility services were able to successfully replace a joint in the water pipe to restore water.

The outage impacted patients and employees in the Family Medicine Center, East Carolina Heart Institute, and the School of Dental Medicine in Ross Hall.

Nicholas Benson, the Chief of Staff for the Health Sciences Division, said they consulted with their infectious disease department early Tuesday morning to discuss best practice methods for sanitation. He said they used water bottles and alcohol based hand sanitizer during the day.

Benson said they don’t know why the joint in the water pipe started leaking in the first place.

“The university is still trying to put together exactly what happened,” he said. “I don’t have any information that it was due to the changes in weather that we had, or the construction here that’s going on on the health science’s campus, or any other factors.”

Porta potties were lined up outside of buildings if needed during the day. Benson said signs were also posted at the entrances so patients knew about the problem.

He said they were able to stay on schedule in terms of appointments, and that very few people ended up rescheduling.

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