Water services and usage have been restored at SGMC. Other than redirecting requests to transfer patients from other hospitals, SGMC handled the water outage with no interruption or compromise to patient care. Significant action was taken to maintain sanitation, which was the greatest challenge. This required restricting visitation to emergencies only.
“We appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation as we worked through this situation and we apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused our patients and their families,” stated Ken Kiser, Assistant Administrator of Patient Care Services. “Water is vital, especially during the flu season, to allow for adequate hand washing, sanitation and infection prevention and we did not want to compromise the care environment of our patients.”
SGMC will continue providing bottled drinking water to patients and staff until the city water supply is safe for consumption
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The following is a press release from The City of Valdosta, Georgia. We have also learned that some restaurants could be closed today. It could be a good time to stay in Madison and eat at local restaurants.
Residents are asked to avoid the use of any city water at this time. Any water that is currently left in the lines or that becomes available once water services are restored, should be boiled first before use.
Residents are advised to bring water to a boil for at least one minute, and cool before using, or use bottled water.
Water should be boiled for uses such as drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation. Boiling the water kills bacteria and other potential organisms.
This Boil Water Advisory is in effect until further notice.
Crews are working diligently to restore water services as quickly as possible. Updates will continue to be posted to the City of Valdosta website at www.valdostacity.com, or citizens may call the city’s Utilities Department to receive additional information and updates at (229) 259-3592