Colcord school offering bottled water to students

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 9/04/2013 11:26 am Published: 8/28/2013 12:30 pm

The water in one Delaware county community is still not safe to drink because of a worm infestation in the water supply. 

School officials canceled classes for a few days and now say students can get bottled water from their teachers or the office.

Residents in Colcord say it’s been an ongoing problem.

FOX23 found Patsy McKinley helping hand out tickets to the food pantry today where we found out more residents were concerned with getting water.

McKinley lives outside of Colcord city limits and hasn’t had to deal with the infested water.

“I have my own well, and I have good water so I don’t have to worry about it.”

But working at the senior center she knows all too well the burden this water issue puts on local residents.

“If they don’t have water, they can’t cook, they can’t flush their stools,” McKinley says. “It’s just really bad on the people in Colcord.”

“You can’t take a bath, you can’t brush your teeth,” Jim Woods goes on to say. “They tell you at first you can’t even get it on your skin.”

Woods was waiting in line for the pantry with his family when FOX23 talked with him about his frustrations.

“This is poor people here, we struggle to get along,” he said. “We were just wondering as soon as we walked out of the door today how we were going to get food in the house, and we just walked down here and lord blessed us.”

Today a long line of cars full of people showed up to the senior center for the food pantry we found out comes once every three months. They picked up things like fresh fruit and vegetables, and the fresh water they couldn’t get at home.

Woods says, “It’s very frustrating.”

He estimates residents have been dealing with ongoing water problems in Colcord for more than a handful of years. And with the high water bills he says he pays, he tells us he just finally wants a solution.

“Keep us good clean water where we can take a bath, take care of our kids, take care of everybody in this town.”

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