Problems with the water supply at Mansfield Middle School continue, according to a notice issued today by Principal Jeff Cryan.
“We have not yet had a satisfactory result from the water testing at Mansfield Middle School,” he said.
“During the weekend of September 19, we chlorinated the water system to kill coliform bacteria found during routine testing. During this past weekend (September 26-27), new water tests were still positive for coliform, although there was a lower count.”
The system will be chlorinated again. In the meantime, students, teachers and staff will continue to use bottled water for drinking, “until we find no traces of chlorine or coliform,” Cryan said.
However, the water is considered safe for handwashing (with soap) and for use in the toilets, he said.
“We are hopeful that this week’s treatment will solve this problem,” Cryan said.
Posted Sept. 28, 2009
Why test for coliform and what does it mean? – http://www.inspect-ny.com/water/ColiformBacteria.htm
“Stuff for Kids” about drinking water at the EPA Web site – http://www.epa.gov/safewater/kids/index.html
“Drinking water and health: what you need to know,” EPA – http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwh/index.html