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Sat Feb 20, 2021, 03:45 PM

Anyone know how the hospitals in TX are doing given water supply issues?

Having run a hospital facilities group for years before my retirement, the one thing we dreaded and had almost no good mitigation plan for was losing the utility water supply for more than a few hours. We had a store of potable water in water barrels but it was less than a day's worth of total water usage. And normal daily usage was anticipated to as much as triple in a major event, like an earthquake. And there was no good way to supply the kind of bulk water needed to supply the internal plumbing system so that sinks and toilets would work. There were three main supplies from the utility to the complex and hooking up tanker trucks was not a design feature of the building plumbing plus even if we created it, it introduced a point of possible system contamination. Without the ability to scrub/hand wash adequately medical practice could come to the point of "unsafe to operate" the majority of the hospital very quickly. Hand sanitizer is okay for routine cleaning when there is no blood or other soil present, but is not recommended to replace full hot water flush and scrub. I suspect they have pushed off all elective procedures and routine visits to conserve but it has to be a real worry. How does a hospital boil all the water it needs? I wish them the best in a very dire situation.

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Reply Anyone know how the hospitals in TX are doing given water supply issues? (Original post)
dutch777 Feb 20 OP
bottomofthehill Feb 20 #1
dutch777 Feb 21 #2
bottomofthehill Feb 21 #5
LeftInTX Feb 21 #3
ananda Feb 21 #4

Response to dutch777 (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 05:41 PM

1. Not well, I have an old friend who has blood clots

In her lungs and spleen. They are currently not able to do plasma treatments because of the low water pressure. They hope to resume them this week.

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Response to bottomofthehill (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 02:46 AM

2. Thanks. Sorry about your friend and hope they get operational quickly.

On top of the ongoing Covid related issues the hospitals certainly didn't need this.

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Response to dutch777 (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 02:11 PM

5. Thank You, She is undergoing plasmapheresis to hopefully remove the "Bad Plasma"

Along with the water issues, they are running low on plasma from AB or O blood type plasma for the treatments. The cold and the ice have cut down the blood and plasma drives to nearly zero. People are afraid to go out, and from the pictures in TX i can clearly see why. Hopefully better weather is on the horizon for them. She is in the McCallan area which has been hit hard by covid and bad weather.

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Sun Feb 21, 2021, 05:55 AM

3. Water pressure pretty much back to normal in San Antonio

We have a few spots that are still on boil notice.
One of those spots has a medical center. Should be OK tomorrow.
Sites that have lower pressure have an altitude of 1100 or higher.
They need more pumping until it is normal.

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Response to dutch777 (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 06:55 AM

4. From KXAN on Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Water is making “good progress” to restore water pressure throughout Austin, according to Director Greg Meszaros. He feels confident most homes without water will see that restored in the next 48 hours.

Meszaros said reservoirs are about a third full, with 35 million to 40 million gallons in them so far. They’ve been able to establish service in the critical “central zone” of the city and are working to bring up the water pressure to the north and south. It has a map it keeps updated with outage information.

And for details: https://www.kxan.com/news/local/travis-county/in-depth-water-outages-widespread-across-austin-and-beyond/

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