Monday, June 11, 2007

Oregon Student Finds School's Toilet Water Cleaner Than Fountain's

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NORTH BEND, Ore. — Middle School student Kyleray Katherman had a hunch something was amiss with the school's drinking fountain water. And right he was.

For an English assignment, he tested the bacteria content at four water fountains and one toilet to challenge a ban on students from bringing bottled water to class. It seems some were using it to sneak in alcohol.

Guess which was cleaner? It wasn't the water fountains.

He then asked students where they would prefer to get their water. That wasn't the fountains, either.

Good for him. Excellent idea for an English report or a science experiment. This young man probably has a bright future ahead of him.

However, I don't think that I would want to start drinking out of the toilet rather than the fountain, but I certainly would think twice before drinking from the fountain again. This little presentation has done wonders to highlight the need for either better sanitation control of the drinking fountains or alternative methods of providing sanitary drinking water. It doesn't necessarily mean that the school should lift the ban on water bottles if they have indeed had problems in the past with students putting alcohol in them.

Well done Mr. Katherman.

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