Health department looks into water quality at West Meck High School

by: Paul Boyd Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Selenia Thomas and Jada Jackson are students at West Mecklenburg High School, and they said the water quality and condition of water fountains at their school is unacceptable.

"I will not drink from that fountain. It's nasty," Thomas said.

They told Channel 9 Thursday that many students refuse to use the school water fountains.

"Since the first day of school, to be honest," Thomas said.

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"I think it's something going around with the pipes and stuff like that," Jackson said.

Whistleblower 9 uncovered multiple drinking fountain violations at the school over the past three and a half years, including one fountain that was "collecting pink residue."

Channel 9 also recently received a photo from a concerned parent that appears to show a white substance in the water.

"When you first press, it's clear, but then it turns to white," Jackson said.

Mecklenburg County confirmed the Environmental Health Department is looking into the most recent concern.

"We have a staff person who is investigating a complaint from a member of the public regarding a water fountain,” Rick Christenbury, with the Environmental Health Department, said in a statement. “We do not have a completed investigation report at this time."

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools also provided a statement.

"Any time there is a concern about facilities, a work order is placed to have a repair made,” officials said in the statement.
“If parents have any concerns, they may talk with school administration."

West Mecklenburg High School is in line to receive $11 million in capital funding next year, according to the latest Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bond proposal under consideration.

That’s money that some students said is desperately needed to repair the pipes or filtration system in their school.

The Board of County Commissioners has not announced whether that nearly $1 billion bond referendum will appear on the November ballot.