Miller Place school to ‘aggressively’ flush out problem pipes amid ongoing sewage issue
Officials say plumbers are on the site of Andrew Muller Primary School to remove residue that may be left over in the school’s pipes.
The school has been having sewage issues since November. A teacher sent News 12 a photo of what the school looked like when crews addressed the issue in the past.
Students have also complained about bad odors and had to be temporarily moved to another school.
The Miller Place Union Free School District informed parents on Wednesday that crews will be on site clearing out residual material in the pipes.
Officials believe the cause of the ongoing sewage problems are wipes being flushed down the toilet and clogging the pipes.
A spokesperson from the school district gave News 12 the following statement:
“On Saturday, we will be conducting an aggressive flushing procedure to clear out the pipes in the building. This is a different process, and we believe a more effective method of removing residual material to reduce clogging and backups."
Officials say work will continue throughout Saturday and will likely wrap up by the end of the weekend.
Parents tell News 12 they hope the work being done will resolve the issue once and for all.
The Miller Place Union Free School District Superintendent Seth Lipshie also issued the following statement:
"As we previously communicated to our Andrew Muller community, we scheduled an aggressive plumbing intervention today to flush out the pipes in the building. That process was begun this morning and we anticipate it continuing through this afternoon. Once the process is complete and we've had an opportunity to review the results with our architect and facilities personnel, we will provide the community with an update. We are also completing the flushing of the hot water lines this weekend as a normal course of action after the installation of a new hot water heater on Friday. This was installed as part of our planned infrastructure building maintenance at Andrew Muller."