The sewage crisis at St. Louis County’s St. Clair hospital, where two nurses died last year, has been linked to the water quality issues.
In a report released Monday, the Louisiana Department of Health says the hospital’s system of wastewater treatment is broken.
The state’s Department of Environmental Quality said in a statement that the water was leaking into the St. Joseph River in August 2015.
The hospital’s wastewater treatment plant is not operational because it was closed in October 2015.
The department says the facility has no water flow at all.
The water flow has been reported to be in excess of 15,000 gallons per minute.
The city of St. James, which has water from the St Charles facility, has reported no such leaks.