Black water runs from elementary school faucets

2013-10-02T19:30:00Z 2013-10-02T22:20:06Z Black water runs from elementary school faucetsMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 02, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

LOWELL | Some Lake Prairie Elementary School faucets delivered black water late Wednesday morning forcing water fountains to be turned off.

The school at 11601 W. 181st Avenue is outside of the town and does not have municipal water.

Off and one for a number of years, Tri-Creek officials have faced concerns over the safety and appearance of black water and have made changes to rectify the situation.

On Wednesday, Assistant Superintendent Nathan Kleefisch was the district's point man on the issue.

"We currently have a plan in place to use bulk bottled water for all food preparation for today's lunch, if needed," Kleefisch said.

"As a precautionary measure we are providing bottled drinking water to all students and staff until we resolve this issue."

Kleefisch emphasized the water has been tested and determined to be safe, despite its discoloration. He has been working closely with the Indiana Department of Health, Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Lake County Health Department on the matter.

"We continue to monitor and test the water quality on a daily basis," Kleefisch said. A number of improvements in the water purification and softening systems for the school's deep well have been put in place.

During the previous school year, the water was used only on a limited basis for the first semester and bottled water was provided for students and staff.

The water was turned back on in January after improvements to prevent stagnant water were made.

Tri-Creek has retained Aqua Systems of Valparaiso for regular water monitoring. A water quality committee made up of parents, administrators and staff was also formed.

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