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Work continues on Weston school water problems

Weston Public SchoolsA water problem that caused Weston schools to face an early dismissal two weeks ago still needs to be fixed.

Town Administrator Tom Landry said an immediate issue with the water system has been resolved, but the underlying problem “still needs work,” and probably involves the water pump.

On Friday, June, 14, Weston public schools had an unexpected early dismissal due to discolored water and loss of water pressure. As a result, restrooms in some of the schools were not operational and the cafeterias were unable to serve meals.

The problem was temporarily remedied and the schools reopened on Monday, June 17. However, there are still issues with the water system, which Mr. Landry said are being addressed.

The water for town buildings and the schools comes from the same well, Mr. Landry explained. The system is monitored by United Water. The town pays United Water approximately $50,000 a year for a licensed operator, he said.

In July, the town is switching water system operators to VRI Environmental Services, Inc. of Millbrook, N.Y.

On Thursday, June 13, he said, an operator from United Water was conducting a regular inspection on the system and noticed the well pump was cycling on and off quickly. An adjustment was made, but the compressor didn’t turn off, and it flooded the water system with air.

As a result, the water in the tank was used up, leaving almost nothing but air and sediment which is why the water going into the schools was discolored and the water pressure was low.

After the problem came to light, the water system was flushed out and water quality was restored so the schools reopened.

Mr. Landry said there still appears to be a problem with the system and if left to its own devices, the air pressure would burn out the pump, so it is being checked and adjusted if necessary, every couple days. He said work on the water system will continue.

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