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Odor in water prompts testing at San Diego elementary school

Emerson-Bandini Elementary using bottled water
Posted at 7:32 PM, Feb 10, 2017
SAN DIEGO - A San Diego school is facing allegations of unsafe water.
           
Students at Emerson-Bandini Elementary are now being given bottled water to drink.
 
When school let out for the day Friday many parents told 10News off camera they'd heard little to nothing about a problem with the school's water, just that recently the children have been given bottled water to drink in the classroom.
 
“I got scared, I told my son not to drink out of the fountains,” said one mother, who didn’t want to share her identity. She told 10news she was informed just this week about a water issue when she attended a family Friday, a time for parents to meet with the principal for coffee.
 
 
“Said that there was a problem with the water so kids weren't allowed to drink water in the fountains.”  
 
When asked if she was told about the problem by 10News Reporter Rielle Creighton, she said, "no they didn't."
 
A spokesperson for San Diego unified acknowledged that there is an issue with the school's drinking water that's been going on for a few weeks and sent this statement to 10News:
 
When San Diego Unified’s Safety Office received word of a possible odor in the water at Emerson-Bandini Elementary School, the department acted quickly by sending drinking water samples out for analysis and providing bottled water to all students and staff at the school, as well as to the onsite charter school’s students and staff. The results of the water analysis came back showing non-detectable levels for bacteria. Yet, due to the complexity of this type of analysis, and erring on the side of caution, the district reached out to the County Department of Environmental Health to ask for a review of the water analysis. Until that input is received from the county and the all-clear is provided, the district’s Physical Plant Operations will continue to provide bottled drinking water. As always, the district’s priority is the safety of its students.