By Caleb Slinkard
GREENVILLE — Greenville ISD has announced that LP Waters Early Childhood Center will be closed until further notice while a private company continues to renovate the school following a sewage issue in late February.
The district announced via Facebook that LP Waters will conduct school at Carver Elementary on March 17. LP Waters was originally scheduled to re-open on that date.
On Feb. 24, the students were bussed to Carver Elementary due to a sewage leak beneath LP Waters. According to the city of Greenville, a blockage on the main line and the failure of a check valve resulted in a sewage leak under the school. City officials said that the issue was fixed that Monday.
“Our crews were dispatched to the school and discovered a sewer stoppage on the main line. The school was equipped with a backflow valve or check valve on the sewer service line, which also malfunctioned. This malfunction caused sewerage to back up and leak under the school,” City of Greenville Engineering Superintendent Jerry McDaniel said last week. “Our crews are working with school district staff to evacuate the sewerage under the building, dry up any remaining dampness and sterilize the area.”
GISD spokesperson Kelli Tharp said the district, in conjunction with the city, sanitized the building twice before allowing students back into the building on Feb. 26.
No air quality test was conducted until March 5, however, when an increase in odor following the ice storm prompted the school district to ask the city to conduct an air quality test. According to the city, the test came back completely clear.
After a media request from the Herald-Banner on Thursday, the city conducted a second air quality test on Thursday, which also came back clear.