A well on the grounds of Live Oak Elementary School tested for an elevated level of nitrates this week, prompting the Lodi Unified School District to cut off water use and bring in bottled water for drinking and the school kitchen, but the wrong well was tested.
There are two wells on the property. One is for drinking water. The other is for irrigation, according to Art Hand, assistant superintendent of facilities and maintenance.
The testing company inadvertently tested the irrigation well and came up with the elevated levels. Additional tests revealed the nitrate levels in the drinking water well are perfectly safe.
The testing company will pay all of the costs associated with the error.
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