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February 13, 2013

Brown, cloudy water scores bad marks

AHS looking for source of bathroom faucet woes


Hague said he jumped back in shock when he first encountered the water and still couldn’t tell what the problem might have been. He couldn’t remember if it smelled unusual at all, but noted that he let the water fill the sink to see if it would start to clear up at all.

When it didn’t, he took a picture for future reference. Evidently, other students have done so as well, posting pictures of encounters with dirty water in the Amesbury High bathrooms on Facebook and Twitter.

Word among students is that the dirty water isn’t confined to one particular bathroom only. Sophomore Micayla Grinnell said she has encountered the water in the girls bathroom, too.

“It’s on and off,” Grinnell said. “One day, the water’s perfectly clear; the next, it’s dark, yellow and brown.”

Like Hague, Grinnell said the water was extremely off-putting and made her uncomfortable washing her hands.

“I feel there’s no point,” Grinnell said. “My hands would only get dirty using that water.”

Robinson assured students that the problem was being taken seriously and that the school would make sure that it was corrected.

“We don’t want that to happen again,” Robinson said.

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