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Gadsden High School still experiencing yellow water

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- Gadsden high school is still seeing yellow water this morning, GISD Superintendent confirmed.

Superintendent Travis Dempsey confirmed the discolored water Friday morning after a water issue was reported at the school on Thursday.

Students have been asked not to drink from water fountains. The district setup water dispensers for students to drink. It also gave the kitchen clean water for cooking and cleaning.

Dempsey told me the Anthony Water & Sanitation District is the utility that supplies water to Gadsden high.

The utility says the discolored water was a result of disruption and agitation of minerals due to flushing from a water main break near the high school.

The utility also says water was always safe to drink, despite the discoloration. As a precautionary measure Gadsden ISD decided to keep water dispensers available into next week. 

This isn't the first time Gadsden ISD. has faced water quality issue this year. The water quality for the district has been called into question multiple times this school year. The water issues came from two separate water sources.

Previous water issues for portions of Gadsden fell under Camino Real Regional Utility Authority.

CRRUA came under scrutiny for communication after an excess of sulfuric acid was found in the water. The water was unsafe for consumption and led to the temporary closure of multiple GISD campuses.

I spoke with GISD superintendent about water instability. He says parental concerns  about children's safety are valid.

"At the end of the day, we got to work together to make sure we're taking care of our kids and our communities. One of the just common sense approaches I take is, if my family wouldn't drink that water, I would ask anyone else to. So I'm not going to ask kids to drink discolored water. It's going to have to you know, obviously that's going to have to get addressed and we're going to do whatever it takes to make sure that occurs," said Dempsey.

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