Tainted water supply closes Central Special School

October 08, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Central Special School will remain closed for a second consecutive day today because the water supply at the five-school South River complex in Edgewater has been contaminated by solvents.

Meanwhile, county and school officials were to continue tests today and to flush the water system.

What caused the contamination remained a mystery, and officials were looking for the source, said John A. Morris, public works spokesman.

A teacher at one school noticed a kerosene-like odor from drinking fountain Thursday, prompting officials to shut off water to the complex, he said.

South River High, Central Elementary, the Center for Applied Technology South and Central Middle remained open, supplied with bottled water, said schools spokeswoman Jane Doyle. But the rigorous sanitary needs of the 139 severely disabled children at Central Special could not be met without running water, she said.

Tests showed there were solvents in school water and in a 1 million gallon water tank on school grounds, but not elsewhere in the same water network, Morris said. But flushing over the weekend reduced the levels.

Pub Date: 10/08/96

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