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Mayo: Water safe for all uses at St. Marys

Mayo: Water safe for all uses at St. Marys

The entire St. Marys campus has been cleared for all water uses.

Olmsted County has confirmed that the water meets the state requirements for potable water, Mayo Clinic said Thursday evening. Staff and visitors can now use tap water for consumption, hand washing, bathing and showering.

“Our staff embraced this challenge, and we are grateful to all staff involved, especially clinical staff, food services, logistics, environmental services and facilities,” Dr. Priya Sampathkumar, chair of Infection Prevention and Control Subcommittee, said in a statement.

Mayo had placed limitations on water use since Monday when dark-colored water began appearing in toilets and sinks. Earlier Thursday, Mayo said an investigation traced the source of contamination to the well at Saint Marys.

There were no reports of illnesses due to the water. Rochester Public Utilities previously confirmed the issue was isolated to the hospital campus.

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Update: St. Marys water contamination traced to well