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Waterline break shuts off water to the hospital in Chatham

Waterline break closes hospital water intake on October 18. Photo Greg Holden

Waterline break closes hospital water intake on October 18. Photo Greg Holden

Hours after the Chatham campus of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) announced that they restored full services due to a severed cable, the hospital has announced a water shortage exists because of a broken waterline on Grand Ave.

The waterline broke outside the CKHA at about 1 p.m. Water lines into the facility were shut off to cut the risk of flooding and to keep patient care systems operational. The hospital has activated its emergency response protocols.

The break is on the north side of the campus, on Grand Avenue where the main set of traffic lights lead into the entrance of CKHA. The main water line feeding the building has been shut off but flooding has occurred in this area which is affecting access to the main entrance.

Municipal emergency crews are on-site to restore the line while local police services are redirecting traffic at the main traffic light intersection in front of the hospital.

During a water shortage, CKHA implements a number of protocols and procedures to reduce the impact to services, including:

  • Practice protocols change in the organization’s in-patient areas to support standards of care. This includes the use of hand sanitizer, pre-packaged hygiene (shower in a bag) and bottled water.
  • Additional supplies are immediately ordered and shipped from partner organizations across the region to ensure proper stock is in-house for the duration of the outage.
  • Select hospital operations at the main campus may be affected, including rescheduling appointments. Should this need to occur, affected patients will be contacted directly by the organization.
  • The emergency departments at the Grand Avenue, Chatham, and Sydenham campuses remain open 24 hours a day.

CKHA is asking any patients, families, staff, volunteers who do not have to come to the hospital to refrain from doing so. This will help the organization in focusing on its patient care needs, working to resolve the situation and alleviating unnecessary congestion in the flooded area.

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