Manteca School’s Water Supply Tests High for Arsenic

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Well water at Nile Garden School in Manteca tested at double the legal limit for arsenic in May, making it unsafe to drink.

“They actually dug a new test hole for a new well,” Public Works Director Mark Houghton said. “Apparently, that didn’t pan out.”

City of Manteca Public Works is now weighing its options, including treating the water. The water treatment site filters water from three wells in the city, which cost the city $1.7 million plus regular maintenance costs.

“It’s just hard water. You can’t drink it,” Deborah Lee said.

Lee says she received a letter from the city about arsenic in the water, which led her to buy home treatment system that cost around $4,000.

Another option for the school is to tap into another water source. The city’s supply is the closest.

The Manteca Unified School District offices are closed until July 11, and staff did not return FOX40’s phone calls.

The San Joaquin County Environmental Health Department says Nile Garden notified parents of the well water, as required, and are working with the state to get funding for a solution.

The school has been providing bottled water.

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