LOWELL | When Lake Prairie Elementary School opens this week, the water will be turned back on after murky, discolored water forced officials to shut down the school's water system Wednesday.
Principal Lisa Patton told parents in a letter Friday that the black water has returned to a clear condition.
"During the past three days the water was closely monitored by our staff and our independent water testing agency, and additional testing was conducted," Patton said.
Late Friday morning, the test results came in and validated Assistant Superintendent Nathan Kleefisch's assessment Wednesday that the water was safe to drink and met water standards despite its appearance.
Patton said the water will be visually assessed again Monday, but emphasized the school will return to normal operations.
That means bottled water will no longer be provided to students, but parents may send some with their children if they like.
Due to chronic water issues, bottled water was provided to students and staff and bulk water was used for cooking during the first semester of the previous school year. Normal water service was restored in January.