The Quincy Department of Utilities said Wednesday that the rumors spreading on Facebook are not true, the city's drinking water is safe to drink.
During an interview for WGEM News This Week with Matt Schmidt, Quincy Utilities Director David Kent, said, "the drinking water is absolutely safe to drink. We're working on a taste and odor problem with the water but we have specific guidelines we have to follow to meet state and federal guidelines. Those guidelines have all been met. There is absolutely no concern for anyone drinking city of Quincy water supply. It's absolutely safe to drink."
Many people have seen posts on Facebook saying a child is in the St. Louis Children's Hospital with adenovirus, supposedly caused by Quincy drinking water.
According to the CDC, adenoviruses most commonly cause respiratory illness. The symptoms can range from the common cold to pneumonia, croup, and bronchitis.
Officials at Quincy's Blessing Hospital say they've seen no illnesses or symptoms related to the drinking water.
The Adams County Health Department says there have been no direct links between the water and any virus.
Emergency Response Coordinator Shay Drummond says the department hasn't received any reports of any kind of communicable disease. Drummond added that if any medical facility treating someone from Adams County found a communicable disease, they are required by law to inform her department.
Kent also says no state or federal health officials or local physicians have contacted the city's water department about any possible connection to the water.
Interim Quincy Public School Superintendent Cal Lee also says he has not received any calls from parents saying their child got sick from drinking the water, despite online posts claiming otherwise.
The Facebook claims come as the city has been dealing with an "earthy" taste and smell to the drinking water.
The Department of Utilities said the unusual smell and taste could last another week, but the water is safe to drink. Workers are using about 1,000 pounds of powder-activated carbon each day to counteract the brown algae build up caused low river levels.
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