E. Coli found in school drinking water

Windham Center School. (WTNH / Tina Detelj)

WINDHAM, Conn. (WTNH) — Just as a new year begins for students at a Windham school, the school had to shut of water fountains and make changes to the school lunch menu, after traces of E. coli bacteria were found in the water.

Water at the Windham Center School is tested regularly because it is on a well. So when trace amounts of EColi were found in results Monday morning, it meant a little bit of a different type of a start to the school year.

Steve Poplasky whose granddaughter goes to the North Road school says, “it’s good that they did the testing beforehand so none of the kids get sick.”

He and other parents and guardians received a letter explaining the situation and the precautions being taken.

The school is taking action to make sure students don’t come in contact with the contaminated water. On Monday and Tuesday, all fountains in the North Road school were turned off, students were given bottled water to drink, cafeteria food was prepared without water – so pizza, salad, and cereals were served, disposable dishes and utensils were used, and the school even set up hand washing stations for students and staff.

“We just pretty much tell her to drink bottled water and that’s the way to be safe,” said Poplasky.

Caitlan Reilly’s son also goes to the school. She says, “I was concerned but it looks like they’re doing everything possible to keep the kids away from the water. So I’m happy with his safety.”

She believes the school has done what it should to keep the kids safe from the bacteria which could potentially make them sick. Her son Tadhg is in kindergarten.

“Yeah I don’t think he really understands,” says Reilly.

There are more than 300 students there K through 5 so the younger ones like her son most likely didn’t even realize anything different is going on. New results on the water samples taken Monday are expected after 8:00 Tuesday night.

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