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Conditions improve at Niagara Falls hospital after water main break

The water main break in Niagara Falls has not yet been repaired, but conditions in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center improved Wednesday.

Hospital spokesman Patrick J. Bradley said Memorial hired Swanson Plumbing of the Falls, which worked out ways of boosting water pressure within the building. The hospital's nursing home and its medical-surgical and maternity units now have working showers and toilets.

The cardiac unit has showers but toilets are slow, and the behavioral health unit has showers but no working toilets, Bradley said. Elsewhere, workers are still carrying water in buckets to flush toilets. Swanson is working on more ways to boost water pressure, although the pressure reaching the hospital has not changed, Bradley said.

Water Board spokesman Matthew Davison said CATCO of Alden was the low bidder for repair work at $292,650, but work won't begin until parts are found for the more than 50-year-old valves that failed Friday. He said other affected commercial customers are receiving water at 40 pounds per square inch, a pressure level only slightly lower than the normal 45 pounds.

Niagara Falls hospital patients can't flush toilets because of water main break

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