Avera St. Mary's Hospital

A water main break is limiting water pressure at Avera St. Mary's Hospital. (File)

Crews fixed a water main break Thursday and restored water pressure at Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre and kidney dialysis will resume Friday, hospital spokeswoman Sigrid Wald said.

The hospital's kidney dialysis unit had been shut down by low water pressure resulting from the break discovered early Thursday.

The unit will begin seeing patients Friday, Wald said. All other services were operational Thursday at the hospital.

The break first was reported at about 1:30 a.m., Thursday,  Nov. 8. It was just outside the southwest exit of Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, affecting the hospital building, Wald said in a news release.

The break was directly below an electrical transformer, complicating efforts to repair the water main quickly. A temporary water line bypass was installed and water was flowing in the north building by Thursday afternoon.  But the temporary line is much smaller, which caused reduced water pressure.

The lower pressure affected the dialysis unit, which requires a certain level of water pressure to provide dialysis treatment to patients, who typically need it three times a week.

The hospital temporarily suspended treatment in KDU and dialysis patients received care in Chamberlain, Wald said. All other patient services continued as planned, Wald said.

Wald said Avera staff and local contractors worked to get the water line break fixed.


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