Stonebrook Village testing water after bacteria found | Windsor Locks

WINDSOR LOCKS — As an extra precaution, residents of Stonebrook Village in Windsor Locks are using bottled water for drinking, rather than their faucets, until test results come back on whether a bacteria found in the water last week has been eliminated.

According to Patrice A. Sulik, director of health for the North Central District Health Department, the senior living community at 550 Old County Road, had Legionella bacteria in the water last week. Sulik said the senior living community took “appropriate steps” to protect residents and employees from hyper-chlorinating the water system and then re-sampling it. She didn’t have the results of the resampling on Friday but said the testing can take up to two weeks.

In the meantime, residents are able to use their dishwashers and bathrooms that have been fitted with shower heads, according to Patti King, the chief financial officer at Everbrook Senior Living, the management company for Stonebrook Village. “When concerns were brought to our attention about elevated levels (of the bacteria) in the hot water, they were immediately addressed. We expect to receive test results next week,” she said Friday.

Legionella bacteria can be found naturally in aquatic environments throughout the world, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA’s website states that the bacteria can grow in water systems in large buildings with hot water heaters, storage tanks, and cooling towers. It can also be found in hot tubs, decorative fountains, and cooling towers.

Most healthy people do not become infected with Legionella after exposure, according to the EPA.

The EPA advises that people who are at higher risk of becoming infected are 50 years or older, current or former smokers, those with a chronic lung disease, or anyone with a weakened immune system from diseases such as cancer, diabetes, or kidney failure.

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