VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A plumbing problem has put water off limits at a Virginia Beach elementary school, and now the Pungo-Blackwater Library and Senior Resource Center are closed because of the issue.
According to Eileen Cox with Virginia Beach Public Schools, the problem is impacting Creeds Elementary School, which works off a well system.
Cox said toilets at the school are still operational and safe to use, but the water is off limits. Hand sanitizer is being used in place of bathroom and classroom sinks.
Water fountains have been turned off, but students are being provided with bottled water, Cox said. The cafeteria will only serve food that does not require water as part of the preparation.
The Office of Drinking Water regulates the well at Creeds Elementary School. According to Dan Horne with the Virginia Beach Health Department, one of the regular monthly samples came back positive for total coliform.
The Office of Drinking Water is calling in a well company to disinfect the system and then flush it.
The water system also serves the Pungo-Blackwater Library and Senior Resource Center. Both are closing early Friday because of the plumbing problems. The library will remain closed Saturday, and staff will decide if the buildings can reopen Monday.
Message sent out to all Creeds Elementary School parents:
Good morning, parents. This is Mr. Davenport, principal of Creeds Elementary School calling with important health news from our school.
Due to problem with our plumbing system, the health department has advised us not to use water for drinking or food preparation. Toilets are still operational and safe to use; however, hand sanitizer will be used instead of bathroom and classroom sinks. In addition, water fountains are temporarily turned off and students who need a drink will be provided with bottled water.
With regards to lunch services, cafeteria staff will be serving only food items which do not require water as part of the preparation. Pans, pots and silverware used during today’s lunch will be thoroughly cleaned at another location. School division staff is working diligently to repair the plumbing problem with the goal of being back to normal operation when students return to school Monday. Thank you for your patience and understanding as the work continues. Rest assured that all precautions are being taken to ensure students are safe at all times. Thank you.
Each Hampton fire station got a new pet oxygen mask, courtesy of Invisible Fence Brand of Hampton Roads.
A Newport News man is wanted in connection to a shooting in Hampton over the weekend.
Norfolk Police need help identifying two suspects who tried to rob a tobacco store Friday afternoon.