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Powdersville Water works with schools on water quality

POWDERSVILLE — Powdersville Water recently teamed up with Anderson School District 1 maintenance staff to take proactive measures to insure that, as students return from the summer break, the water in each school is of the highest quality.

This process involved testing all schools before and after a flushing of all plumbing pipes in each building. The flushing was performed by the District’s maintenance staff.

During the summer months, there is very little water used in the schools and water tends to become stagnant and, many times, the disinfectant dissipates in the water during these extended periods of low use. Therefore, Powdersville Water has developed an annual exercise with the school personnel to make sure that water supplying our students meets all state and federal criteria.

The flushing process basically ensures that all water in the plumbing systems is replaced with fresh water that meets all regulations.

In some of the older schools in the area, Powdersville Water elected to go a step further and take water samples to test for lead that may be present due to old plumbing fixtures that predate 1980. These schools were Concrete Primary School, Wren Middle School, Wren High School and Spearman Elementary School.

“I am glad to report that we do not have a lead issue in any of our District 1 schools”, explained Dyke Spencer, PW’s Executive Director. “This is a process that needs to be done every year before school starts and I assure you that it will become a priority for us in the future. I appreciate the partnership that we have formed with the school staff and their assistance in this very important exercise.”

“We are very proud of our staff and the attention that they give to water quality everyday” said Jimmy Williams, PW’s board chairman. “They have won awards for their proactive approach to water quality. But this takes that responsibility a step further – an additional effort to insure the safety of our children.”

For more information about Powdersville Water, visit the website at www.powdersvillewater.org

Justin Clemones, PW Compliance Specialist, measures the disinfectant levels, and helps educate school staff on how to maintain good water quality.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_pwdwaterschools.jpgJustin Clemones, PW Compliance Specialist, measures the disinfectant levels, and helps educate school staff on how to maintain good water quality. Courtesy photo

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