UPDATE: Harlem Middle School without water

UPDATE: Nov. 7, 2013

The water has been turned back on at Harlem Middle School.

UPDATE: News 12 at 6 o' clock/ Nov. 6, 2013

HARLEM, Ga.-- Students at Harlem Middle School went the entire day without water. Teachers got to school Wednesday morning to find the problem.

Jessica Trujillo is a 6th grader there, and she says, "We couldn't use any of the fountains."

Utility crews have been working all day to fix a water outage at the school. Robert Fields, a supervisor with Public Works says, "Unfortunately, they do not have water, but we're going to get water up before the end of the day."

Utility workers were running a test to see how much water the school uses when one of the valves closed off and they couldn't reopen it.

The principal sent out a letter on the school website letting parents know that everything was being handled, and that after school activities were cancelled. But, students like Jessica say, it wasn't their favorite day of school.

"When you go to the bathroom, you can't flush it because it was full of stuff," she explained.

And lunch was an old classic today: PB and J. But the good news, crews say the problem should be fixed tonight.

"We are not leaving until it's done. I guarantee you that," Fields said.

Teachers had water bottles in each room for emergency thirst, and there was also hand sanitizer in the bathroom. A couple of local businesses helped out with buckets of water to help out throughout the day.

November 6, 2013

HARLEM, Ga. (WRDW) -- Harlem Middle School is without water this morning and all after school activities are cancelled for the day, according to principal Carla Shelton.

Shelton said her staff walked in this morning and realized quickly water was out. However, with the assistance of nearby businesses, the school will continue to operate as normal throughout the day with water being brought in.

Parents were notified with an alert earlier this morning, according to Shelton.


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