VIDEO: Water problems in Elizabethtown CONTINUEPosted by Jack Howser on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 @ 2:29 pm.
ELIZABETHTOWN—Reassured by a “fix” of the water main break a couple of weeks ago, this “fix” being the application of plenty of chemical to cut any contamination getting into treated water for consumption, all the kids are back in school in Hardin County.
But they’re telling their parents that they can’t drink the water, because that “chemical” being used to cut contamination (including the ongoing e. coli presence) is CHLORINE.
Children coming home with complaints that the water coming out of the fountains at school “burns their throats” and “tastes like water at the swimming pool” prompted one mom to bring some water from the fountain at the school this morning in a bottle, which she has plenty of to send with her kids, but, she says, “what about the people who live in this county who can’t afford to send bottled water to school with their kids?”
The mom brought the sample to Sandy Vinyard to the Rose Hotel, where the water has to be maintained at an appropriate level of chlorine because the hotel is property of the state of Illinois and has, as a bed & breakfast, food service in the morning (you know, kinda like the school has lunch…?) Sandy has test strips she must use periodically (per the state, and if she doesn’t, the county health department will get involved in it) to see that the water softener installed on premises is doing its job, and one of the test strip packets measures chlorine. The darker the strip, the higher the chlorine. Here’s what happened when Sandy tested the water from her tap (in the blue cup) and then the mom’s sample in the bottle:
The big problem here is not JUST the fact that E-town got rid of their water supervisor and are paying a couple from Goreville to come and maintain the water system….not JUST that too much chlorine has been the problem in the past (either that or e. coli; they get one or the other) ….but it’s also that there are FIVE HUNDRED CASES OF WATER at the E-town fire department STILL, being hoarded by none other than the Bleach Queen herself, Sandy Conkle, village trustee and wife of town marshal/fire chief/ambulance director Ed Conkle (known recently as Should-be-dead Ed, as much is being made of his alleged health problems).
And, if the county health department is going to come down on Sandy Vinyard for the level of chlorine in her water to the point that the state had to install a water softener “because she prepares food for people,” WHERE is this health department regarding the school, which also “prepares food for people”?
This is insane.
As far as we understand, the EPA has been contacted. But the village’s elected officials should be the ones taking the lead. We haven’t heard at all whether they’ve been advised of this….or if they have (and like Sandra Conkle wouldn’t know), whether they CARE.
Excess chlorine in water, incidentally, has been scientifically proven to increase incidents of juvenile diabetes, because of the effect it has directly on the pancreas when ingested. Just a little something to think about for parents of kids at the school. If it were us, we’d be pulling our kids out en masse until someone addressed it properly, because remember—the school doesn’t get their funding from the state unless a certain percentage of kids are present, and present for a certain number of hours a day. Just sayin.
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