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Drinking Fountains Off Limits at Beaver Run Elementary

SALISBURY, Md. - Students and staff at Beaver Run elementary have been advised not to drink the school's fountain water due to it testing positive for contaminants. In the meantime, the school has provided water coolers and bottled water to help alleviate the situation.

The news comes just after students and faculty returned to using regular restrooms after sewage problems forced them to use portable toilets.  Wicomico county's school district superintendent said funds have been allocated to connect the school's water lines to the city's rather than continuing to use a well.

“We've got about 1.4 million dollars set aside in our capital improvement budget for the next year to carry this kind of activity out,” said Dr. John Fredericksen. “And we are working with the county to get the appeals and get the procedures done.”

The superintendent said the plan is to hook up the school to the water lines from the city of Salisbury and the district is also working with the county to get the proper approvals for the project.

Fredericksen said the school has been dealing with this issue for some time and that parents were notified from the beginning.  But Kim Jackson – whose granddaughters attend Beaver Run – said she'd never heard of the water and sewage problems.

“I can send them with a bottle of water if they need it but I am just very uncomfortable not knowing this,” said Jackson.

District officials said they used their automated messaging system to send out the notifications but it may have missed reaching some.

“Beginning of the school year, are all the phone numbers and emergency numbers and contact numbers perfect? Probably not,” said Fredericksen. “Most of the parents got their calls.”

Fredericksen said by this time next year, the water will be ok to drink at Beaver Run Elementary. 

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