High Point nursing home gets word out about contaminated water

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HIGH POINT, N.C. – The situation with traces of E. Coli in the city of High Point’s water supply is especially concerning for caretakers of the elderly. One of the largest retirement communities in the Piedmont calls High Point home.

The Pennybyrn at Maryfield serves about 400 elderly folks between the nursing home, assisted and independent living.

Leaders got the word out through phone calls and electronic messages to residents and staff. They posted notes on entrances about the drinking water not being safe to consume. Maintenance crews even went as far as to cut off water in water fountains around the campus.

“Our number one concern is the safety and health of our residents, and so whatever we do, whatever the situation is our residents always come first in that, and we drill and we make sure we're able to respond in those situations,” said Pennybyrn at Maryfield President Richard Newman.

Crews were prepared for serving more than 100 folks for dinner by preparing water properly. The retirement community has multiple days-worth of bottled water stocked up for these type of emergencies.