Wilton School Lacks Running Water As Well Contamination Investigated

WILTON (CBS13) – There’s no running water at Dillard Elementary School in Wilton.

The problem started at Dillard Elementary School when a janitor noticed a problem with the water; then, the school district immediately shut down the well.

For now, students are drinking bottled water, washing their hands at temporary stations, and using portable bathrooms.

“We have several schools in our district that are on the well system. It’s something that we deal with regularly,” said Liz Grasswich, an Elk Grove Unified School District representative.

Dillard Elementary School is part of the Elk Grove Unifiied School District, but it’s located in the country town of Wilton.

“They definitely need to get the situation solved for the long-term. This has happened in the past before,” said parent Anna Cools.

For the most part, parents say they’re not concerned about the health of their children, but one parent, who wanted to remain anonymous, told CBS13 she was concerned her child had gotten sick from contaminated water.

However, Grasswich says there have been no complaints made.

The district says because several schools use a well system they pay extra close attention to water quality.

“We do have a water specialist that monitors our wells and takes good care of them, but unfortunately with wells, from time to time, you do have situations occur,” said Grasswich.

That’s something parents say they understand.

“I live in the country. My well breaks. You can’t control that and you do the best you can,” said parent Robyn McCall.

For now, students will continue to wash their hands outside. One of the staff members joked that these students have the cleanest hands in the whole district.

The school says they are investigating what caused the water problems.


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