Osaka University is investigating the matter; Although the water quality is checked, no health risk has been confirmed.
According to a report in Yomiuri Shimbun, a hospital in Japan “accidentally” used simply purified water for toilets as drinking water for almost 30 years. The bizarre incident came to light last month and resulted in an apology from the Osaka University researcher and the hospital’s vice president, Kazuhiko Nakatani.
According to Japanese news agencies, the hospital is located in Osaka University. The clinic building is attached to the medical faculty.
Terrifyingly, the well water flowed to 120 taps, which were used for drinking water, washing hands and even gargling. The error arose due to a mistake in connecting pipes during the construction of the hospital in 1993.
The report in a Japanese media company said no one flagged or even noticed the problem until hospital management began building a new treatment facility. The problem of unsafe water was discovered during an inspection of the new building.
The university is investigating the matter; Although the water quality is checked, no health risk has been confirmed.
The records of the weekly checks of the water for color, taste and odor have been available since 2014. However, there have been no more problems since then.
Nakatani recently apologized at a press conference for causing fear. “I am very sorry that the university hospital, which offers advanced medical care, caused fear,” he was quoted in the publication as saying.
Yomiuri Shimbun reported that there are more than 100 other buildings on campus that use the simply treated well water. Hospital authorities said they would check the plumbing and fix the error, the publication said.