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Vale school district faces deadline to eliminate water contamination at Willowcreek

Vale School District office. (The Enterprise/File)

VALE – The water at Willowcreek Elementary School is contaminated with E. coli, and school district officials are currently weighing options for corrective action presented by the state health authority. 

Health officials confirmed the presence of E. coli, a dangerous strain of bacteria that indicates fecal contamination in water, according to a letter the Oregon Health Authority sent to Willowcreek Elementary in September.

Currently, there is a “do not drink” advisory for the school, which will not be lifted until the water source for the school is free of microbiological contamination. 

Alisha McBride, Vale School District superintendent, said that while there is no indication that anyone at the elementary school has fallen ill due to the contaminated water, students and faculty have been drinking from 5-gallon water dispenser . . .