Archive for Thursday, September 21, 2000

Nottingham closed after plumbing backs up

September 21, 2000

Plumbing at Nottingham Elementary got a little backed up recently, causing students to trek to Eudora West while problems were fixed.

At 11:20 a.m. last Friday, a grease buildup in a kitchen drainage trap at NES caused a plumbing back up, interrupting lunch service at the school. Students were bused to Eudora West for lunch, then stayed for the remainder of the day.

Dave Winans, superintendent, said workers from the Douglas County Health Department were called in to inspect the scene. He said there were no reports of food contamination.

"We asked them to come because we wanted to make sure we had done everything that needed to be done," Winans said. "We had done everything that we could do except there was a possibility some of the kids' shoes had been a carrier. But we checked (Tuesday) morning and the absentee rate is normal.

"It would appear that we had an inconvenience but nothing more than that."

Winans said an enzyme used to dissolve grease buildup was used to clean the traps. Some grease dislodged but became stuck further down the pipe causing the backup. He said the school would look at other options for removing the grease in the future.

"We will continue to take care of the grease by extraction rather than by enzyme method," Winans said. "There may be other things that we have to do but we'll have to look at that."

NES principal Tom Jerome said the kitchen was remodeled in 1996. Traps were installed in the kitchen designed to catch grease after cooking. He said the plumbing at NES would continue to be checked to ensure no other problems ensue.

"This is the first time this has happened," Jerome said. "There may be other problems but they're investigating that right now."

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