Water woes resurface at Lake Prairie Elementary

2014-02-12T18:01:00Z 2014-02-12T23:28:09Z Water woes resurface at Lake Prairie ElementaryMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 12, 2014 6:01 pm  • 

LOWELL | Lake Prairie Elementary School students were supplied with bottled water Wednesday after taps began discharging murky water there late Tuesday.

Assistant Superintendent Nathan Kleefisch said drinking fountains were shut off after the discolored water was noticed in several areas of the school building by some teachers.

In a letter to parents Wednesday, Kleefisch said extensive testing beyond the daily routine was done and the water was deemed safe, but bottled water and bulk water for cafeteria use will be provided for a few days as a precautionary measure.

Lake Prairie has been plagued with water issues for a number of years. The school is outside of the town limits of Lowell, and its water source is a deep, rural well.

Kleefisch said Wednesday the decision has been made to install four, 120-gallon water storage tanks where chlorine will be used for water treatment.

In the past, an outside water quality consultant said the black water experienced periodically was due to a reduction in the chlorine used in the water treatment process.

Black water incidents at the school occurred in October of last year and in February and August of 2012.

Parental concerns prompted the school district to establish an advisory committee, which includes parents, to monitor the situation and hear options.

Kleefisch said Wednesday he and the school district's consultant will continue to monitor the water supply, both chemically and visually, and keep parents apprised of any new information.

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