Windham schools to get new wells

Website for Windham Center School, Aug. 2014.

WINDHAM, Conn. (WTNH) — Two schools that tested positive for bacteria in Windham will be getting new wells.

The state has approved emergency applications for new wells at both Windham Center School and North Windham Elementary School.

Just as the new school year began back in August, officials had to shut off water fountains and make changes to the school lunch menu, after traces of E.Coli bacteria were found in the water. They even had to use disposable dishes and plastic utensils. School leaders shut down the school for several days while the school’s water system underwent long-term sanitation processes and several tests. The water was treated with bleach solution and flushed until there were no more traces of chlorine or bacteria.

The new wells have been in the works for many years, the bacteria found in the water sped up the process. The emergency status allows the district to expedite the process. They will each cost about $125,000. The old wells will be capped once the new ones are in place and operational. The installment of the new wells is not expected to affect the school’s daily operations.

Officials were able to find the traces of bacteria before any students were sick. Parents were relieved when officials took full control of the situation early on. The school sent out a letter to parents back in August warning them of the problem.

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.”

There are more than 300 students at Windham Center School, grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

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