Water is Once Again Safe to Drink at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek

March 27, 2016 10:00 am · 17 comments

The test results are back, and all water is once again safe to drink at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, according to hospital officials.

On Friday, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) flushed the water lines at the hospital after workers noticed some small, unidentifiable flecks in the water supply late Thursday night, according to Ben Drew, Director of Corporate Communications for John Muir Health.

Bottled drinking water was provided to all patients and sanitary wipes were passed out to help maintain cleanliness in lieu of showers.

Tests were immediately done on the water once the flecks were detected.

“We received the tests on our water at the Walnut Creek hospital and the results were good,” Drew said.

“The water is fine to drink and patients and visitors can take showers again. All services continue to be available,” according to Drew.

Nancy March 27, 2016 at 10:04 AM

so what was wrong? what was in the water and how did it get there?

Cellophane March 27, 2016 at 11:12 AM

And, what steps have been taken to ensure the water does not become contaminated again?

Nurse Rachitt March 27, 2016 at 12:05 PM

but, the sulfur stench is stronger outside. Have to close the window to breathe and not have eyes burn.. Sum ting wong

DanMtz March 27, 2016 at 12:42 PM

All is well, nothing to see here, move along.

What?! March 27, 2016 at 1:36 PM

Yeah! ‘Splain!

@Nurse Rachitt-----Sulphur smell comes from a spring, near the church on the hill March 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM

It has nothing to do with the hospital. There must be a reason it cannot be capped, but I don’t know what.

palermo March 27, 2016 at 4:51 PM

I was in the hospital at that time, wonder what the heck I was drinking. Sigh.

Missy March 27, 2016 at 6:55 PM

Oh my goodness #3, the sulphur smell has been in the area for the 38 years we have been here. Why would you now blame JM for the problem?

WC resident March 27, 2016 at 8:23 PM

There are five sulfur springs just north of Ygnacio near John Muir. In mid 2015 we had a series of earthquakes in area (see links below). I don’t know if it’s related but in October 2015 at the Ygnacio edge of the St. John Vianney Catholic Church property started producing much more water. In the past it had been a seeping spring meaning the ground was moist. In October it started flowing actively with water running across the sidewalk and then into the gutter alongside Ygnacio. The city of WC ended up tearing up the sidewalk and installing a pipe to allow the water to drain into the gutter. As the water has a very high sulfur content it will eventually destroy the concrete gutter. The plan is that this summer the city of WC will install a plastic pipe alongside the sidewalk to route this water directly into the main drainage pipe.

There is also a seeping sulfur spring just below the dam in Castle Rock Park.

http://ww2.kqed.org/quest/2012/08/09/what-is-that-unusual-smell-in-walnut-creek/ is an article from 2012 about the springs including a map from 1915 where they were noted.

The earthquakes may have shifted something in the hill: April 2, May 3, May 6, August 17.

Affe March 27, 2016 at 9:08 PM

Believe there’s a sulfur spring around that area that drains into sewer near the Catholic Church across the street. Think I even recall it on a map.

Halie Peno March 27, 2016 at 10:20 PM

Ygnacio Sibrian builds “Sulpher Springs” Ranch near present-day Heather Farm Park, John Muir Hospital, and St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
California becomes the 31st state.


Silva March 28, 2016 at 3:56 AM

I don’t mind the smell one bit, since learning it’s not sewage responsible for it. Is it on private property, is there a way to see it? Interesting stuff.

JohnBoy March 28, 2016 at 7:55 AM

Thank you #11
Our well water is always a warm 79 degrees, across the street on La Casa Via.

Silva March 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Halie Peno #11, Nice! Thank you.

Oh, and blankety-blank those darn illegals!

Kirkwood March 28, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Charlie was a chemist, but Charlie is no more,
What Charlie thought was H2O, was H2SO4!

WC resident March 29, 2016 at 7:31 AM

@Silva #12 – The most visible spring at present is the one that’s draining into the gutter on Ygnacio. It’s not particularly scenic but is fascinating to me that in the middle of a drought that there is a continuous flow out of the ground. Marshbanks Drive is a little confusing as it is a loop and intersects with Ygnacio twice. To add to the confusion, all of the businesses and the church have Ygnacio Valley Blvd. addresses even though there’s no parking nor any driveways to/from Ygnacio Valley Blvd. Thus street addresses are useless and you plus a GPS will be confused.

Park on Marshbanks in front of the church or at 37.916182, -122.040953 While walking on the sidewalk turn right onto Ygnacio. You’ll see the water flowing down the gutter into a drain and how the sulfur is leaving a green/yellow sheen. Walk up about 1/2 block and you’ll see the water coming out of a pipe. If you take a peek over the fence at that point you’ll also see water on the church property.

A spring that’s far more scenic is the one in Castle Rock Park at 37.886547, -121.990827. This one is more of a seeping spring.

Silva March 29, 2016 at 10:59 AM

WC resident, Thank you very much!

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