Waco: Water at YMCA free of Legionella bacteria, lab tests confirm

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Tests by an independent lab found no Legionella bacteria at the Waco Family YMCA at 6800 Harvey Rd. where the whirlpool was closed two weeks ago while health officials investigated two cases of Legionnaire’s disease.

Officials announced on Feb. 26 that they were closing the whirlpool while the Waco-McLennan County Health District investigated two cases of Legionnaire’s disease that health officials thought might have occurred at the YMCA.

In response, the YMCA hired an Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation or ELITE lab certified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“On Friday, March, 8, 2019, the lab reported to the YMCA that there is no presence of the Legionella bacteria detected in our water,” YMCA President and CEO Rodney Martin said Monday in an email to members.

“The YMCA has a water management program in place, but will work with a CDC ELITE environmental consultant to continue to monitor our water distribution system,” Martin said.

“Our member’s health and well-being has always been a top priority for the YMCA. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused for our members during the past few weeks.”