Officials hunt for solution to cloudy water issue at OES

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By The Staff

    HILLVIEW - It’s not a health issue but it’s a problem that must be solved.

    The only problem is finding the source of discoloration in the water supply at Overdale Elementary School.

    Around the end of November, school board chair Gary Wooldridge said he had reports of discolored water. He was concerned about the safety of the students and staff and the expense to solve the problem.

    Kelley Deering-Smith, a spokesperson for the Louisville Water Co., said the agency did a water main extension when the school was built last year. She said the engineers with LWC are working with school officials and the architects to determine the source of the problem.

    Tests have been done on various parts of the line and no problems have been detected.

    However, she said, there is iron in the lines, especially in the morning.

    The perplexing part of the equation is that none of the surrounding neighbors served by the same line have made any calls about water quality issues.

    No matter the appearance of the water, there is no health issue, according to Deering-Smith.

    Steve Thompson, director of buildings and grounds for the school system, agreed that the situation has baffled all those involved.

    On Thursday, school officials met with LWC engineers and the architects and general contractor to look at the situation once again.

    LWC were to take a camera through the lines over the weekend to see if anything can be detected.

    Thompson said it appears the source of the iron has been isolated to one section of the line.

    “The water is safe but we have to get the situation solved,” said Thompson.

    LWC has provided bottled water for students to drink and the school district has only expended $385 due to the problems.

    After the initial discoloration in the morning, the quality clears up later in the school day.

    He agreed with Deering-Smith that the issue seems to be a school district problem. But he said LWC has spent countless hours working with the system to fix the problem.

    “Our primary goal is to find the source of the discoloration and fix it,” said Thompson.

    Deering-Smith said LWC would continue to work with the district until the issue is resolved.