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SOURCE OF SIBILLY WATER PROBLEM STILL A PUZZLE

March 13, 2002 – Emergency re-sampling of the Joseph Sibilly Elementary School water supply taken Feb. 27 came back with results "within the normal range for all National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Certification standards," according to an Education Department release.
The re-testing was done after the test results of a Feb. 11 sampling came back out of the normal range. Testing in both cases was performed on water samples from the school cistern, the school's regular water delivery truck and the Water and Power Authority standpipe where the truck was filled.
Testing of the Feb. 11 samples determined that the water from the school's cistern did not meet the standard for trihalomethanes, which are naturally occurring byproducts of chlorinated water acting on organic matter.
Education officials could not account for the differences in the results. "While we are pleased with the most recent results," Commissioner Ruby Simmonds said, the department will continue its practice of "monitoring water at all territorial schools."
An ultraviolet water purification system was installed at Sibilly School at the beginning of the school year.
A Senate Education Committee hearing scheduled on St. Thomas for Monday, one of the topics on the agenda is to ascertain the status of corrective measures to address water contamination at Sibilly School. Those invited to testify include Simmonds and Sibilly Principal Dora Esquerdo.

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