Installing water filters in a work or home environment is the best way to ensure all employees, students or residents have access to purified, clean water and to ensure the water coming from these sources is chemical and harmful bacteria free. However, what happens when water filters within these establishment prove to be inefficient? Students at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, Maryland felt the effects of faulty water filters this past week as students and faculty fell very ill after drinking water from the school's water fountains.
The school replaced the water filters for the campus on January 3rd, however, these filters were provided by a new water filtration vendor and have proven to be inefficient. Students and faculty began vomiting and reporting severe stomach pains and distress within 15-20 minutes of drinking water from the fountains. Seneca Valley High School implemented a strict "every six month change of filter" policy after water testing completed in 2000 returned back results showing high levels of lead within the school's water system.
The school reported that once the water filter was identified as the source for the student's illnesses, the new vendors acted quickly, replacing the faulty filters within one hour. However, Seneca Valley High School isn't taking any chances and has turned off all water fountains and taps until further testing can be completed.
Water bottles are being supplied to students and faculty throughout the next week as the school awaits result to ensure the new water filters are operating efficiently and will not cause illness if ingested.