MIDVALE -- Students at Midvale Middle School have been drinking bottled water and told not to wash their hands under the taps as officials try to clean bacteria from the water system.
Crews disinfected the system over the weekend, but were still waiting for test results. The contamination was found during a routine check in mid-November.
Salt Lake Valley Health Department officials tell the Deseret News (http://bit.ly/tn04Of ) that nearby construction may have brought dirt into the water lines. They say the bacteria in the water aren't necessarily harmful, but officials need to meet a zero-contamination standard.
The school kitchen is out of service, and students have been eating pizza or sack lunches since last week.
Basketball and swimming practices were also cancelled but are expected to return this week.