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Riverside Students Testing Their School's Water

Reported: Feb. 11, 2014 6:31 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 12, 2014 10:10 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kennie Bass) - Riverside High School has dealt with its share of water-related problems. A student and teachers sent to the hospital, many complaints of eye and nose irritation, disrupted schedules and canceled classes.

The school's advanced placement chemistry students decided to check the water coming into their lab.

"Our whole goal was basically just to let the kids realize that these are things, some things we can test for in the lab," Tara Veazey, Riverside High School teacher said. "But there are some things, just in a generic chemistry classroom that we're not able to test for."

Even though they couldn't test for crude MCHM, the students were able to analyze the differences between the building's tap water and bottled water.

"The only thing that was off about our results was the pH," Ethan Higginbotham, a Riverside junior said. "And what the pH of tap water is supposed to be is 7.2. And we found that it was around 5.2 which is slightly acidic."

Although students in the classroom have varying opinions about the safety of the water and whether they are drinking it, they all agreed that there was definitely something in their samples which didn't belong.

"It means that there's something in the water," Chris Kelly, Riverside junior said. "Something that shouldn't be in the water. I think there needs to be much more testing done on the chemical and that it needs to be found whether or not it has long term effects or not."

Although the chemistry students have varying opinions about the safety of the water and whether they are drinking it, they all agree that there was definitely something in their samples which didn't belong.

The students say after the school's pipes were flushed, the pH levels in the lab's tap water returned to normal.



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