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Rust in water prompts bottled water use at local elementary school

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Students at Hamblen Elementary School will be using bottled water for hand washing and drinking after construction crews dislodged rust in a water pipe, sending it downstream to the school.

Just before 11 a.m. Thursday, an official at Hamblen contacted the director of Maintenance and Custodial services to report a contaminate the school's water system.

The City Water Department was notified of the situation and they reported that during some excavation north of the school, they had disrupted an older water main and dislodged some corrosion in the line. This resulted in rust in the pipe going down stream to Hamblen.

The Water Department sent a crew to the site to help flush the water mains around the building. They did this by opening fire hydrants around the school. They started with the upstream hydrants and then moved down stream until all hydrants were flush thoroughly, a procedure that helps reduce any contaminates that are in the water main around the school.

Maintenance officials are confident that the water supply is safe, however until the City Water Department test comes back, bottled water will continue to be provided.

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