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Yellow Tap Water Reported At Eastern Kanawha County School

Reported: Feb. 3, 2014 5:40 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 4, 2014 9:28 AM EST
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DIAMOND, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin) -- More water problems Monday morning for an eastern Kanawha County school, as the tap water was yellow.

Now, new precautions are in place for the school after they thought they'd been given the all clear.

Midland Trail Elementary School passed their MCHM test last week, and no detectable levels were found in their samples, but Monday morning, that licorice smell was back, and their water looked far from clear.

"Right now, we are on a do not use any tap water except for toilet flushing," Principal Grant Davis. Midland Trail passed their MCHM tests conducted by the National Guard, finding non detectable levels in their schools water, leaving them wondering what would have changed between then and now.

"The discoloration, they said, that there was a main break. I guess that had happened some time over the last couple of days," Davis said.

Davis says the school had only been used the water to clean with last week since they had passed the test. He said none of the students had consumed any water in the school since the crisis started.

For students like Rose Mullins, the whole experience has been eye opening.

"Can't drink out of the water fountains so we have to use water bottles and they put bags on all the faucets, and it's just crazy," the fourth grader said.

Davis says the school has taken the crisis and tried to turn it into a learning experience by teaching the students the importance of recycling.

"It will be better because we don't put it in the landfills, we recycle it and we can use it for something else," said Mullins.

"Over three thousand bottles of water that came on our first shipment," Davis explained.

Three thousand chances to make a difference in the light of the crisis that's proven to not be over at Midland Trail Elementary.

"Whatever's best for the students, we're going to get it done," said Davis.

Riverside High School principal Valery Harper says they have also been advised to only use water for flushing toilets. She says they also had a strong odor to their water Monday morning, as well as an oily residue. She says they will flush their system again Monday night.



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