John Jay H.S. forced to shut off water after tests for bacteria come back positive

Students at John Jay H.S. must now drink bottled water until further notice.

Water at John Jay has been turned off after tests on the water supply showed elevated levels of coliform and traces of e-coli. Water coolers have been brought in for the students and faculty, and even the cooking is being done with bottled water.

While no students at the school became sick, bacteria in drinking water can cause intestinal problems, nausea and other serious illnesses.

School officials say they are now accelerating plans to replace the water tanks and add some type of disinfecting system.

Meanwhile, until a water system is installed and another test is conducted, school officials estimate that it will cost about $2,000 a month to use a bottled water system.

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