MATTAPOISETT – Superintendent Michael S. Nelson reports that the towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester are subject to a drinking water warning, which also affects five of the six schools in the district.
The drinking water warning applies immediately to all residents of Tri-Town who use public water and it is advisable to boil the water before using it. Old Rochester Regional High School, Old Rochester Regional High School, Center School, Old Hammondtown School and Sippican School are affected by the warning. The drinking water warning remains in place until further notice.
Rochester Memorial School is the only district school not affected by the drinking water warning because it uses well water rather than public water.
“The water used at Rochester Memorial School is not public water and is rather supplied from a well,” said Facilities Manager Gene Jones. “This well water is independently and regularly tested, and is not affected by the drinking water warning issued today. We would like to assure the families at Rochester Memorial School that the water used in the building is safe.
The five affected schools will follow all guidelines from city, state and public health authorities regarding the warning regarding facility work and food operations. Bottled water and hand sanitizer are made available to students in affected schools. All water that will be used for cooking or drinking will be boiled before use. In addition, water fountains and water filling stations will also be closed in affected schools until the drinking water warning is lifted.
“Our food service staff will follow the advice provided by city officials, including disposing of food or beverages as directed, as well as the boiling of public water used in our daily food service operations,” said Food Services Manager Jill Henesey. noted.
The drinking water warning was issued following water samples positive for E. coli. Cities are collecting replicate samples and working with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The DEP offers additional information and advice on drinking water and public health orders here.
“We will follow all guidelines from the authorities in each city and ensure that students and staff have the resources to continue their school days with as little disruption and inconvenience as possible while this water warning drinking water remains in place, ”said Superintendent Nelson. “We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the school community informed of any further impact on the schools. “