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Falklands: PRECAUTIONARY WATER TESTING

PRECAUTIONARY WATER TESTING AT THE INFANT/JUNIOR SCHOOL AND CAMP EDUCATION

By J. Brock (FINN)

Following on from the discovery of a potential bacterial contamination in the water header tank system at FICS, the Public Works Department and the Education Department have chosen to carry out a water survey at the Infant Junior School & Camp Education building.

The hot water supply to IJS&CE is fed via a header tank system, whilst the cold water supply is mains-fed. The Properties & Municipal Section of PWD will drain the header tank system in order to flush it with a decontaminating agent and the water will be tested.

The Infant/Junior School and Camp Education will remain open to students, however, on Monday 14th July, the hot taps will be isolated, awaiting results of the water testing. The cold taps will remain operational for access to drinking water, hand sanitiser will be made available to students and staff in the absence of warm water for hand-washing and the toilets will remain operational.

Head teacher of the Infant/Junior School and Camp Education, Karen Steen, stressed that testing regime was a precautionary measure, “At this stage, we have no reason to suspect any particular contamination of the header tank water supply, but the safety of our students really is the most important thing, so we are flushing and testing the header tank supply to be on the safe side. This decision has been made with the advice of Chief Medial Officer, Dr Beccy Edwards, and her team at KEMH. We hope we can keep the disruption to our students at a minimum whilst we await the laboratory results.”



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