Weeping Water under boil water advisory, affecting school on Thursday
WEEPING WATER, Neb. -- While many schools across Nebraska have been closed or opening late the past two days due to winter weather, another faced challenges Thursday due to a different issue.
Weeping Water Public Schools announced Thursday that it was delaying its start time to 10:00 a.m. due to low water pressure in city-wide. The school also said it water fountains have been taped off, and the district would provide water bottles to students on Thursday.
The city is under a boil water notice as of Thursday. According to city officials, the controls from the main booster station failed to communicate with the wells, leading to a loss of pressure in the distribution system.
City officials said this issue may cause backpressure, backsiphonage, or a net movement of water from outside the pipe to the inside through cracks, breaks, or joints in the distribution system that are common in all water systems. Such a system failure carries with it a potential that fecal contamination or other disease-causing organisms could enter the distribution system.
These conditions may pose an imminent and substantial health endangerment to persons served by the system, and residents are urged to boil their water for at least three minutes before using it.
City officials said they will update the public when the boil water advisory is no longer needed.
For more information, contact Mike Adair at 402-677-3781.