Statement by Robert Laughton on Water Quality Concerns at South Los Angeles Schools

May 11, 2016
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) has been in contact with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) following media reports of “murky” water in South Los Angeles. DWP is testing the water at Compton, Lovelia Flournoy, Grape Street, Florence Griffith Joyner and 96th Street elementary schools, although there are no current complaints from these campuses about water quality. Grape Street Elementary has opted to use bottled water as a precaution, although the DWP maintains that the water is safe. No other school is using bottled water, and water service to the schools has not been disrupted.

However, on Friday, April 29, OEHS did investigate complaints of discolored water at Joyner, Flournoy, Grape and 96th Street Elementary schools. Test results indicated the water was adequately chlorinated, and no bacteria were detected. Some schools did use bottled water on that day while awaiting the test results. Over that weekend, our Maintenance and Operations staff took the precaution of flushing the plumbing lines at each school to clear them of any debris that may have caused the discoloration.
The safety of our students is always the District’s top priority, and we will continue to monitor this situation to ensure the highest quality of water is supplied to our schools.
Contact; Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766

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