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Officials: Water safe at 3 tested schools

November 16, 2017
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Officials said trace levels of hazardous chemicals in water at three elementary schools in the area don't pose a public health risk.

Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Michael Shibler released an update yesterday on testing.

The state had agreed to test water quality in wells serving the schools after contamination concerns near another school. The tests were at Crestwood, Cannonsburg and Lakes elementary schools.

Previously, officials also shut off drinking fountains and provided bottled water at East Rockford Middle School amid tests, but those showed no signs of hazardous chemicals.

Rockford-based Wolverine Worldwide, a maker of footwear and apparel, used chemicals at its former tannery in Rockford to waterproof leather for shoes.

Dump sites have turned up in the area.

Wolverine Worldwide is maintaining a blog to "keep the community informed on local water testing and related issues." 

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