Legionella bacteria discovered in water system at Oakwood’s Lane Stadium

OAKWOOD — Water systems remain shut down at Oakwood’s Lane Stadium over a week after the system was found to have Legionella bacteria, according to a district spokesperson.

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The school district closed the building that contains the stadium’s restrooms, training room, and concession stand last week after an annual round of testing found presence of the bacteria in the water system, the spokesperson said.

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Activities were postponed Sept. 1, however events and activities resumed the next day when portable toilets and water were brought in.

The building at the stadium remains closed this week until treatment and follow-up testing can be completed, the spokesperson said. All currently scheduled activities will take place, and no games were scheduled over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

“Following treatment, the system will be retested and the District will follow additional treatment recommendations if needed,” the spokesperson said in a statement to News Center 7.

Lane Stadium is the second building in the Oakwood district to receive a positive test for presence of Legionella bacteria. The water system at Smith Elementary was found to contain the bacteria during testing before students returned to class.

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Legionella bacteria tend to build-up in water systems that have been unused for a period of time, according to Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County.

In 2020, several area school districts and an area hospital were notified of positive tests of Legionella bacteria in their water systems.

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Legionella is a bacterium that can cause a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Legionella can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made building water systems.