Kenesaw Public Schools remain open through Boil Water Advisory
KENESAW, Neb. (Nebraska) – The village of Kenesaw is still subject to a boil water warning. The warning went into effect for the first time on Sunday and village officials said it was just a precautionary measure.
They don’t have an exact time frame for when it will be lifted, because the water has to pass two health and safety tests within 24 hours of each other. While all of this is happening, Kenesaw Public Schools remain open. School officials said they made a couple of changes based on the notice.
“They immediately started putting chlorine in the water supply, and the chlorine would have killed any bacteria if there was any in there, and it’s actually more of a precautionary measure if nothing else,” said Kenesaw superintendent Rick Masters. public schools. “Just to make sure the water is safe…”
Masters said there hasn’t been a big change, because most KPS students drink milk for lunch. Village officials also provided the school with a pallet of bottled water. He adds that the school has dealt with the boiling water warning as an everyday situation.
“When I spoke to them on the phone I told them we would need at least 350 bottles a day.” the teachers said. “It would probably go through at least one bottle for every student and staff member in our building and so they provided it. We also had a call to everyone, what we call a call home to all parents.
Teachers said they are encouraging parents to send their children to school with an extra bottle of water. Overall, the village official brought four pallets of bottled water and two pallets of gallon jugs to give residents a sense of relief during this time.
“We weren’t sure how long we’d be completely out of the water,” said Sarah Kroos, a Kenesaw village council member. “In situations like this when there is a boil warning, the water can be safely used once it has boiled. So going forward we have water until we run out at this point.
Kroos said getting the notice lifted is a waiting game at this point.
“We will notify the residents of the village,” Kroos said. “We will put it on our Facebook page. We will send another push notification. Emergency management can send those push notifications that go directly to people’s cell phones. Once the boil notice is lifted, that’s what we’re going to do. We’ll be posting it around town, spreading the word as quickly as possible.
Masters said the school has enough supplies to last through the end of the week.
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