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Water supply tested after body is found

February 21, 2013

LOS ANGELES — The body of a Canadian tourist was found at the bottom of a cistern on the roof of the Cecil Hotel, one of four that supplies water to guest rooms, according to ABC News.

elisa lam's body found in water cisternWhen the body of Elisa Lam was discovered on Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a do-not-drink order while a lab analyzes the water, an order that contradicted a pervious police statement that had said the water was safe, the article stated.

According to the article, the water was also used for cooking, and a coffee shop in the hotel remained closed while it sanitizes food equipment before reopening.

"Our biggest concern is going to be fecal contamination because of the body in the water," said Terrance Powell, a health department director.

Powell explained that the likelihood of contamination is "minimal" given the large amount of water the body was found in, the article noted.

The hotel has also hired a water treatment specialist to disinfect its plumbing lines, the article added.

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