Huron Valley Schools officials say there is no issue with the septic field at Highland Middle School, and that signs posted about the drinking water are the result of the building being shut down. Those signs have caused concerned in the community.
"The building has been vacant for a long time and that water system has not been flushed, that's why we posted those signs" Kim Root, director of communications for the school district, said. "When we made the decision to not chlorinate the system, like we do with the others, the county asked that a notice be posted so that people do not drink the water."
Root added that workers in the building, preparing it for asbestos removal, have been provided bottled water to drink by the district.
"The water at Highland Elementary and the surrounding area is fine. We are frequently testing the water at all district buildings, as required, to make sure it's safe for our students and staff," Root said.
Postings on a local Facebook Page, Save Highland Middle School, voiced concern over the signs.
Pete Szerszen runs the Facebook page and said in an email to Patch, "I have heard nothing from the district and this notice, posted on the door of the south entrance, was the first news to me that the water here is unsafe. I know of at least two parents who have children at Highland Elementary who are concerned about contaminants there as well."
The district decided earlier this year to not chlorinate the system at Highland Middle School, as it does at the other buildings, because the school was vacant. According to Root, "There was a need to spend that money."
Rick Hamill, Highland Township supervisor, said he was aware of the signs and that the township office's water supply has been fine, "Everything is fine here as far as I know. We haven't had any issues. That building has been vacant for so long, it's not unusual for the stagnant water to be unsafe for drinking."