CREATED Jan. 9, 2013
Council Bluffs, IA - Schools and hospitals got word early this morning about the massive water main break. "The first thing we had to do was communicate to everyone what was going on and to make sure they did not use the tap water," said Kari Love with Jennie Edmundson Hospital.
Culligan crews brought in gallons of fresh drinking water for patients and staff at Jennie Edmundson Hospital. Employees posted signs and taped off water fountains to make sure people didn't drink from them. "It's mostly a precaution and a pain in the rear for everyone," Love said.
But it's a chance hospital officials aren't willing to take. Infection prevention specialist Kari Love explains why following the boil alert notice is important for your health. "Very inconveniencing but we'd rather do that then someone end up with a gastrointestinal illness that's typically what happens."
Local schools took the same precautions - bringing in cases of water and securing water fountains. When parents at St. Albert Catholic School were notified many teamed up to help the school.
"Every desk had a botlte of water on it and stuff so we've got plenty of water, some of the parents have been stopping by and bringing water, the other thing we've done we've put hand sanitizer in all the bathrooms," John Helton said.