Tainted well; Hillsboro school without water

West Union Elementary School in Hillsboro, June 6, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
West Union Elementary School in Hillsboro, June 6, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — No running water replaced by porta pottys and bottled water is not ideal for anyone. At an elementary school, it requires quick thinking.

Officials recently shut down the well that feeds the West Union Elementary School in Hillsboro, located in rural Washington County.

The school gets water from their own well, but on May 29 a system in the well detected problems. Crews investigated and found a breach in the well casing.

State inspectors told the school the well is so old it can’t be fixed. A new well must be drilled, but that won’t happen until summer.

That makes for an inconvenient final few weeks of the school year.

“I think the principal probably said it best. Everyone is making the best of a non-ideal situation,” Beth Graser told KOIN 6 News. “There was not a school day that went by when the kids had no access to anything.”

In 2007, routine water samples at West Union Elementary tested positive for total coliform and E-coli, so the well had to be treated.

But the district said because the school is so rural, hooking into the city water is not an option.

School is out for the year on June 13, so this makeshift system will be in place through then.

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