When the people of Klean Kanteen heard about Manzanita Elementary School being notified their water system violated a drinking water standard recently they very generously donated 295 of their products for the students and 29 for the faculty and staff.

In a letter provided to the school last Thursday from the State Water Resources Board it stated it was not an emergency and that it was not necessary to use an alternative water supply such as bottled water but the school was provided bottled water and it was immediately made available to the students and staff.

The notice read, "Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what you should do, what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation. We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Water sample results received on February 28, 2018 and March 21, 2018 showed 1, 2, 3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP) an average level of 0.0519 micrograms per liter. This is above the standard, or maximum contaminant level of 0.005 micrograms per liter."

The school is working with Butte County Environmental Health and the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water to address the presence of 1,2, 3-TCP. The solution will likely be the installation of a treatment system that will remove the chemical from the drinking water.