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Dangerous bacteria detected in CalPERS’ Sacramento headquarters multiple times

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CalPERS has found dangerous bacteria at significant levels in water throughout its headquarters buildings in downtown Sacramento, but has only notified employees about one test result from a year and a half ago, according to emails and reports obtained by The Sacramento Bee. The bacteria legionella was identified at high levels in a shower head in a men’s locker room in August 2019, Human Resources Division Chief Michelle Tucker told employees in an email Friday. Not disclosed in Tucker’s email were more recent test results showing the bacteria has been found at significant levels in six of seven hot water sources in one building and in multiple sources at two other buildings at the pension system’s Q Street campus