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UPDATE: Five WV schools cleared after another round of flushing and testing

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UPDATE:

According to Lawrence Messina, Communications Director with the W.Va. Dept. of Military Affairs and Public Safety, the re-testing and re-flushing of the water has been cleared at George Washington High School, John Adams Middle School, and Andrews Heights Elementary School in Kanawha County, WV, and Buffalo High School in Putnam County, as well as H.E. White Elementary School in Clay County, WV.

Messina says that the tests resulted in "non-detect" levels of MCHM.  Lincoln County High School test results are pending.

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UPDATE:

The WV Department of Education says that 5 schools were found to have elevated levels of MCMH in their water system.  These schools will undergo another round of flushing following water tests conducted by the West Virginia National Guard.

According to the WV Department of Education, this second round of flushing is to achieve a non-detect level, below 10 parts per billion, which is 100 times more rigorous than the 1 part per million screening level provided by the CDC for protecting public health.

Officials with the WV  Department of Education add that Governor Earl Ray Tomblin directed the National Guard to test public and private schools to confirm the water meets this more rigorous standard to provide an additional level of assurance.

The schools that will undergo additional testing and flushing are as follows:

Kanawha County

George Washington High School

John Adams Middle School

Andrews Heights Elementary School

 

Putnam County

Buffalo High School

 

Lincoln County

Lincoln County High School

The West Virginia Department of Education says that Additional water samples will be taken to ensure water quality at the identified schools. As additional results come in from the remaining facilities, county school systems will communicate with

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UPDATE:

The West Virginia Governor's office has disputed the claim that "elevated" test results were found at 3 al schools.

The original statement came from Kanawha County School Board President Pete Thaw and he says he stands by his earlier statements.

A news release from Kanawha County Superintendent of Schools Ron Duerring states the three Kanawha County Schools will undergo another round of flushing.

"This is to achieve a non-detect level below 10 parts per billion as directed by Gov. Tomblin," Duerring's statement reads. 

The three schools are: Andrews Heights Elementary, John Adams Middle School and George Washington High School.

The statement goes on to say Kanawha County Schools partnered with the Kanawha County Health Department, the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health and the National Guard to make sure each of its 69 schools met the safe criteria for water consumption during the water crisis.

"The state's Interagency Team has been testing the water system to ensure non-detect levels below 10 parts per billion," the statement reads. "This testing included additional testing inside schools and hospitals in the affected areas to give an additional level of assurance."

Each of the three schools will use hand sanitizer, bottled water and food preparation with bottled water until the schools have been declared below 10 parts per billion, the statement reads.

"This additional testing and work is to ensure a level 100 times below the CDC recommended level and a level CDC has deemed safe for all populations," the statement reads.

The statement also revealed that out of the 69 schools that were tested, 59 water samples have returned and three schools were not yet at the lower threshold that the Interagency Team was directed to achieve beyond the CDC guidelines and the rest of the schools showed non-detect levels at the 10 parts per billion level.

The statement goes on to say additional flushing will begin this weekend and additional water samples will be taken to ensure water quality at the identified schools.

"As additional results come in from the remaining facilities, Kanawha County Schools will communicate with parents and the public," the statement reads. "Our goal is the safety of all children."

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ORIGINAL:

Three schools in West Virginia will need to be flushed again after test results show elevated levels of MCHM.

Kanawha County School Board President, Pete Thaw, said Jan. 31 that George Washington High School, John Adams High School and Andrew Heights Elementary all had elevated testing results for their tap water. 

Thaw says the schools will be flushed over the weekend in order to be ready for school on Monday.