The Village Water Utility Department has 27 municipal supply water sampling locations located geographically throughout the Village which are tested monthly. Valley View school is one of these sampling locations. Valley View tested positive in October for the presence of coliform bacteria with the likely source being an underground reservoir near the school.
The Village has been working to chlorinate and flush the water systems to attempt to resolve the presence of the bacteria. While there is no regulatory requirement for the District to take any action, the district has been providing drinking water to students and staff.
As of November 30th Valley View has had all tests come back negative twice & water is now allowed for drinking.
We appreciate the help of the Village and the help of our families and staff in working through this issue.
The water sampling results at Benjamin Franklin are in no way related to the water issue at Valley View. Separate from the Village Water Utility, the District initiated a round of drinking water samples from each of our schools. This round of sampling was not required. Due to the recent national attention regarding potential water quality issues in schools, and District leadership wanted to know if we had any water safety issues in our schools.
The results showed no content of lead (above normal levels) in any of our buildings or at any of the sampling locations. The results did show that one of the sampling locations in BF did contain copper at a level that is above the normal range (all other sampling locations in the District, including Benjamin Franklin school, tested in the normal range for copper). Again, while there is no regulatory requirement for the district to take any action, the district has been providing drinking water to students and staff. Again, we appreciate the help of our families and staff as we work through this issue.
The District has completed the collection of a confirmation sample as well as collecting additional samples in nearby areas. The results of the follow up samples are expected on (or about) November 28th. These results, if available, will be discussed with the Board at the meeting on Monday.
We are committed to proactively examining all of our schools and ensure the safety for our students, families and staff.