Company falsified results showing dangerous amount of iron in Exeter school's water supply
A reading of a test result for the amount of iron in an Exeter School’s water supply was deliberately reduced.
Devon County Council spokesman has confirmed that an employee of Carillion, the company which runs the city’s secondary schools, attempted to cover up the high levels of metals found in St Peter's C of E School water supply.
The falsified document read that only 184 micrograms per litre of iron was found in the supply, when in fact 1,840 was found, almost ten times over the legal limit of 200.
Carillion, who provides infrastructure services at six schools in Exeter, said the person to blame for the falsification of the documents has since resigned.
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It said: "Unfortunately, on this occasion, the actions of a single individual failed to meet our high standards."
Devon County Council said it was "appalled" by the company's actions.
Students had to drink bottled water for several months after high levels of metals were found in the supply. Carillion was attempting to resolve the problem.
As a result, an investigation was launched which also revealed metal contamination in water supplies at the other five schools Carillion looked after.
It also found legionella, the bacteria which can cause Legionnaires' disease, in one school - West Exe College.
In the past students and staff at St Peter’s had to rely on bottled water for six years after blue water was detected coming out of a drinking fountain.
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