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Wausau schools implementing short-term solutions for PFAS in water

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Wausau School District

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- The Wausau School Board is talking about short and long term plans after PFAS were found in the city's water supply.

So far, they've shut down the water fountains in all schools except for Hewitt-Texas, Maine, South Mountain and Rib Mountain.

However, they're working to bring a few water fountains at each school back up and running using a filtration system.

They do have a limited supply of bottled water for students and staff, but they're still encouraging everyone to bring their own water if they can.

"There was a recommendation to limit the intake of city water. What does that mean?" Superintendent Keith Hilts said. "So in the short term, we did take fairly drastic action. It felt prudent at the time."

That filtration system will be leased to the district at a cost of $28,000. It will be in place through the end of the school year.

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