Dear Parents and Community Members:
We would like to provide you with a brief update on the Monroe water issue as it pertains to Adams Central Community Schools. As you are aware, school was closed early on Thursday, March 2nd due to water quality concerns. Early in the morning it was discovered that the water throughout most of the school was brown to varying degrees.
Our goal is to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff. Therefore, we only used bottled water through last week while we had additional tests done. On March 2nd and 3rd the Monroe Water department had partial metal tests done, but not bacterial, lead, copper, and other water flow studies.
Last week, AC had multiple additional tests run by an independent water testing firm, and we also requested the assistance of IDEM (Indiana Department of Environmental Management). IDEM was on site here at school with a team on Thursday, March 9th.
IDEM took numerous samples from all locations of the school, as well as some samples from around the town in Monroe. The samples were then taken to Indianapolis to the State Board of Health for complete testing. At this time, we only have partial results, as some tests take a few days to process.
- The Monroe water tower is in need of cleaning and inspection.
- Monroe treatment plant’s Iron filter has not been working for over a year.
- There was an issue with free chlorine amounts discovered Thursday in 8+ samples in and out of school. Free chlorine is supposed to test at a 0.2 to 1.0 level. No sample met the necessary standard. Free chlorine is what is needed to be available to 'catch' bacteria if any is introduced into the water system at any time. Seven samples in our school and town tested 0.0, one sample in town tested 0.1.
- Flushing procedures
- The pipes from the tower to the school go from the 12" to 8" with this allowing some of the sediments flowing to the school inappropriately.
- The aerators at the town water plant were not working properly.
- Six bacterial samples came back clear of bacteria on Friday. This is good news, but only one piece of the issue that affects our Monroe water.
Our independent water testers recommended that we continue to use bottled water at this time, particularly because of issue #3. Our goal is to ensure that we only provide safe water for our school community. While the water that the school receives is the same that the town of Monroe receives, I can only speak for our school. At this time, we do not wish to risk the health of our school community and will continue to provide bottled water. In addition, this morning the water coming from the taps continues to be brown in color.
More tests will be coming back to us later this week. At that time, we will reevaluate the water situation for our school.
All we can state are the facts that we know from the IDEM testing and their discoveries, as well as the testing from our Independent water experts and their lab. As always, if you have any concerns, please feel free to contact the Central Office. The safety and quality care of your children remains our top priority each day.
Dr. Lori M. Stiglitz, Superintendent
Monday, March 13th, 2017
Adams Central Community Schools