CHENEY, Wash. --- Officials from Cheney School District said they are settling in for the long haul should the water remain undrinkable.
Sunset Elementary was the lone Cheney SD school impacted by the Airway Heights water contamination.
Jeff McClure, the director of maintenance, operations and safety for the district, said they initially bought cases of water bottles when they were notified of the problem Tuesday night.
By Wednesday morning, he said, they switched to ordering Culligan bottles to supply the school with fresh water.
“Last night, we were told we’re going to need to provide water for two days, then we were told today four days plus another five days of testing,” McClure said.
He said the City of Airway Heights told them after the water system is flushed out, they will need to refrain from consuming the water for another few days as testing is completed.
“We were purchasing enough water to clean out all the stores,” he said of their late-night water run. “Now that we’ve switched to Culligan, we’re not competing with the general population.”
McClure said they are also stockpiling some of the water they have ordered at their warehouse.
“We’re fully watered up right now,” he said.