Comptroller informed staff immediately after getting notice of the preliminary results
SPRINGFIELD —The following notice was sent out to employees of the Office of the Illinois Comptroller late Tuesday afternoon:
Dear IOC Staff:
Please be advised that preliminary testing results that our office was verbally informed about late this afternoon indicate the presence of Legionella bacteria in the hot water supply inlet and outlet into the building at 325 W. Adams.
This is a follow up to my earlier email notifying you last week that we conducted testing for Legionella bacteria, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. Out of an abundance of caution, we decided to work with the building’s landlord to conduct water testing at the facility at 325 W. Adams after reports of the bacteria being found at the Capitol Complex. To be clear, 325 West Adams is not part of the Capitol Complex water supply. The testing is being performed by Mr. Bill Williams with Reliable Environmental Solutions, Inc along with TemEnvironmental, Inc. based in Springfield.
Specifically, two samples have had preliminary positive results for Legionella. The two samples were collected from parts of the water system that are not accessible to occupants of the building.
All test results from water sources accessible to the occupants of the building have tested negative for Legionella. We have been advised that the transmission of this bacteria in normal, day-to-day office operations is unlikely.
The Office will continue to be advised by Mr. Williams on the next steps toward a water management plan that will involve flushing the entire water system immediately. A more conclusive final result of this testing is expected by the end of next week.
As reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by inhaling vapor contaminated with the bacteria and is not contracted by drinking water or spread through person-to-person contact.
The health and safety of our employees and visitors is our top priority, and we will inform you of updated information when it becomes available. For more on Legionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ disease, please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website (or see below) http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/legionellosis.
Due to our office receiving this information near the close of business, we recognize that this email is going out at a time when many of our employees have left work for the day. Nonetheless, but we wanted to inform you of these results as soon as humanly possible.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly or Mr. Cortez Gillespie at 785-6359.