ORO GRANDE, Calif. – The Oro Grande School District was made aware of and announced that the county- provided water serving the local community tested positive for E. coli bacteria.
Being made aware of this at 10:30 a.m., the district quickly notified parents with an hour. The affected well is on the border of Victorville and Oro Grande. When the district received the information they said that they turned off drinking fixtures at all three Riverside Prep Campuses. In addition, even though county officials said that handwashing is safe, out of an abundance of caution all campus sinks have also been shut down.
The students are being allowed to use restrooms and are being provided with hand sanitizer and bottled water. “The county, which described this notice as a “standard precautionary procedure,” is conducting further testing on the well and has notified us that while the bacteria was detected at the source water, all other water tested in the system has tested negative as of Thursday morning and they will be conducting more testing,” school officials explained.
Lunches consisted of pre-packaged meals district officials said. “Keeping our students and staff healthy at school is our top priority,” said Superintendent Heather Griggs. “Our focus now is to ensure our students are not affected by this county water problem and that safe drinking water is provided to our school’s students and staff.” The problem should be resolved in a timely manner county officials said.
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