June 21, 2016
Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) has received notification from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that lead levels found in the water of the southeast addition (SEA) of Miami Valley Hospital were above acceptable levels. These elevated levels may pose a health risk. The hospital is working with the Ohio EPA and the City of Dayton to determine the source.
Results from routine testing by Miami Valley Hospital, which is required by Ohio EPA, received on June 17, 2016 indicated lead levels above the acceptable limit. A previous test by Miami Valley Hospital in December of 2015 indicated acceptable lead levels. It is unknown when or how the levels became elevated. Additional testing results received on June 19, 2016 showed decreases in lead levels from the same sample sites.
As a result of the notification from the Ohio EPA, Miami Valley Hospital has temporarily discontinued the use of water in the affected areas and is using a bottled water supply. They have also notified employees of the test results and are working with the Ohio EPA, and the City of Dayton to conduct further testing in and around the area to determine the source or cause.
The results received on June 21, 2016 from additional testing performed by Miami Valley Hospital have been inconsistent. Safety precautions in the affected areas remain in place and MVH continues to work with the Ohio EPA and the City of Dayton to perform additional tests in the areas in and around the hospital.
Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body.
“The most significant risk for lead exposure is to infants, young children and pregnant women.” said Dr. Thomas Herchline, Medical Director, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. “If you have concerns about your individual exposure to lead you should contact your primary care physician who can recommend what steps you can take.”
Public Health will continue to work with the Ohio EPA, Miami Valley Hospital, the City of Dayton and the Ohio Department of Health to keep the public informed of any further developments.
Any business or resident in the vicinity referenced who would like to have its water tested for lead can contact the City of Dayton at 333-6030.
If you have questions about lead exposure you can call Public Health at 225-5700. Additional information about the risks of lead exposure may be found at www.phdmc.org.