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WPBHS water safe to drink

Hannah Lutz

October 22, 2019

As everyone knows by now, West Point has had an ongoing water issue since last year. The city’s water has been infiltrated with excessive levels of manganese.

 The human body requires it for nutrients, but too much can be harmful and cause neurological problems. According to Sue Dimpsy, the head of The Department of Health, too much manganese is even more harmful to children under the age of seven.

 In August, our high school’s water got checked and tested positive for harmful levels of manganese.

Superintendent Bill McAllister followed the Department of Health’s recommended guidelines and had signs put up on the unfiltered fountains.

 As for the fountains that are filtered, it is highly advised not to drink from them unless the light is green.

Thankfully, the filters are back to green and producing clean and safe drinking water.

As for the town itself, cases of canned water have been donated by multiple beer companies.

Every Thursday at the park from 4-6pm, West Point residents are welcomed to pick up one free case of water.

 If your family has more than two people, then you have the option of grabbing two cases.

As for solving the problem as a whole, the city council has ordered a filtration system and had it approved by the Nebraska Department of Health.

Many residents are very unhappy with the Council and in fact want their money back for the previous months of paying for unclean drinking water.

The filtration system is expected to cost around two million dollars. To make things worse, everyone’s water bills will be increasing once the system is put in place.

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