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Water shut off multiple days at Leggee Elementary School in Huntley over broken water heater

The Huntley School District 158 Board meets Oct. 17.
The Huntley School District 158 Board meets Oct. 17.

A faulty water heater led to water services being shut off as Leggee Elementary School 13723 Harmony Road, for several days, Huntley District 158 officials said.

A letter sent Thursday from Leggee Elementary School Principal Scott Iddings to families said that water was temporarily turned off on some of the the school’s drinking fountains as a precaution. Bottled water was provided to students with urgent or medical needs and hand sanitizer was provided in the restrooms.

No health concerns related to the water were reported, Idding said in the letter.

Multiple water heaters serve the elementary school. Although the school’s kitchen uses a different water heater for its food preparation and there were no issues with the quality of water, preparations were discontinued from the tap.

An update on Friday said that the operations and maintenance department continues to address the issue and students and staff should bring a pre-filled bottle of water with them. Water fountains that possibly were affected by the water heater problem remained shut off as a precaution.

District 158 spokesman Dan Armstrong said on Monday that while the water heater was replaced Friday, families once again were asked to supply their students with water bottles because the chlorination process takes two to three days to take full effect.

Armstrong said that it was quickly determined that issue was isolated to one water heater, which was releasing sediment into the water system.

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