Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) announces that final tests on the Public Health Labs (PHL) water system will be conducted on Friday morning to determine if the Lab, located at 29 Hazen Drive can re-open. If the tests are successful, staff will be allowed into the Lab to start checking the status of the equipment.
“We have been working very closely with Administrative Services as well as the Fire Marshal’s Office and several other partners to get the lab back open and operational,” said Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “The first series of tests on pipes, sprinkler systems, and the fire alarm system located in the lab area of the building were successfully completed this afternoon. The final series of tests will be done on Friday morning, January 20th. If things go as expected and we get the okay to re-occupy the Lab, staff will begin the testing of all our laboratory equipment. Once that is done we will have a better gauge of what might have been damaged as a result of the freezing and flooding. At that point we should have a better idea when we will be fully operational.”
DPHS’ regional laboratory partners have been assisting with the PHL’s day-to-day testing until the facility can return to normal operations. The PHL has been closed since earlier this week after frozen pipes burst, causing significant flooding to the area of the building where the Lab is located.
All of 29 Hazen Drive was closed on Tuesday as a result of the freezing and flooding. The entire facility, except for the Lab was able to re-open on Wednesday.