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Falklands : Falklands: E.COLI UPDATE
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 12.07.2014 (Article Archived on 16.08.2014)

E.coli has been discovered in the water supply at Stanley Leisure Centre (SLC) and suspected to be present in the water supply to Falkland Islands Community School (FICS).

Falklands: E.COLI UPDATE By J. Brock (FINN) E.coli has been discovered in the water supply at Stanley Leisure Centre (SLC) and suspected to be present in the water supply to Falkland Islands Community School (FICS). Since Monday afternoon, staff from the Property & Municipal Section of the Public Works Department have been working on the water supply system, draining the header tanks which feed both SLC and FICS and flushing with a strong chlorination agent to clean and decontaminate the system. This should effectively remove the E.coli contamination, however further water samples will be taken to ensure the contamination has been eradicated. FICS, which has been closed to students since Tuesday 8th July, will reopen on Thursday 10th July, but with some restrictions being applied to water usage. All students are asked to bring a bottle of drinking water from home with them on Thursday and Friday, and hand sanitiser will be made available. Director of Education, Annie Tempest, said, “Although the chlorination will have destroyed any possible E.coli contamination in the FICS supply, we would still like to manage water usage carefully until the laboratory results can confirm everything is fine. Students will have access to flushing toilets, hand sanitiser will be provided and one water fountain will be available in the main street. The most important thing is getting our students back into classes whilst minimising any risks to their health.” Headteacher of FICS, Mr Martin Winward, extended his gratitude to the staff and administration team at FICS for facilitating work to the students for the past two days, and to the parents and carers of the students for their patience and support. The Public Library will re-open on Thursday 10th, although the Swimming Pool will remain closed and the SLC changing room restrictions in place until Monday 14th July, until all tests carried out have been returned and staff can confirm that there is no risk to SLC users. Director of Central Services, Simon Fletcher, and Annie Tempest praised the efforts of PWD for their fast reaction and work on the water supply, and for their part in ensuring systems were in place to allow students back to FICS as soon as possible. They also gave thanks to the staff at KEMH for their assistance. For more information regarding this press release, please contact the PR & Media Office on 27400. If you are concerned that you or a child is suffering symptoms of E.coli, please contact KEMH on 28000 and seek medical advice.

 

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