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Monroe/Lincoln construction raises water concerns at Deaconess and Shriners Hospitals

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The replacement of a water pipe from 1896 has two Spokane hospitals taking extra precautions while the City tests the water quality. The replacement of a water pipe from 1896 has two Spokane hospitals taking extra precautions while the City tests the water quality.
SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ received several calls on Monday inquiring about potential water concerns at Deaconess and Shriners Hospitals.

KHQ was able to get in touch with Marlene Feist from the City of Spokane, who confirmed recent construction in the area has the city monitoring the water quality. 

Construction on Monroe/Lincoln has been ongoing throughout the summer and recently construction crews were tasked with replacing a water main from 1896. Feist said in the process of replacing the water main, crews may have broken loose some rust and debris, which Feist said is typical. The pipes have been flushed out in the area, and the City of Spokane has tested the water for any sort of contamination. Those test results should be in on Tuesday, and they are expecting to see elevated levels of iron, however Feist said the water is safe for drinking. 

Feist also said the hospitals in the area, Deaconess and Shriners, are taking extra precautions, as they count on the water to be used in the sterilization process of surgical equipment, however at this time  it is unclear exactly what those precautions are. KHQ reached out to Deaconess Hospital Monday afternoon, and so far we have not heard back. We will be sure to update this story as soon as we do. 

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