Nov 7, 2012 6:44 PM by Greg Boyce

Type of anti-freeze found in medical office water pipes

The El Paso County Public Health has cleared the Printer's Park Medical Plaza building to reopen.  The building was closed on October 29 after reports of a strange color and odor in the water.  Water samples showed the presence of propylene glycol, a chemical used in heating systems.  It is also an anti-freeze used to de-ice the wings of planes.  Propylene glycol is not considered toxic.

Since the building was closed work crews were able to find the source: A mechanical contractor hooked the heating system up to the building's water supply, which allowed the propylene glycol to enter the water system.  The connection has been removed and the water pipes have been flushed and tested.

Based on the testing, the El Paso County Health Department has approved the reopening of Printer's Park Medical Plaza, effective immediately.

Tenants in the building will commence normal activities in phases. Patients are asked to contact their physician's office directly to determine when their office operations will reopen.




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