Glen Ullin students adjusting to boil order


The boil order in Glen Ullin has been quite the change for students at both school and at home. 

Students were only in school for half the day on Monday, after a mouse contaminated the city’s water supply. At the time, they really didn’t have a clue why.

“None of us knew what was going on,” said sophomore Garrett Soupir

The last day of school is close, so the students were just excited to leave early. 

“We were all happy and we were screaming and yelling,” said sophomore Chase Remboldt.

But that was until they came back and saw trash bags on every water fountain throughout the school.

“Then we found out it was a rat in there,” said Remboldt. “We were like oh crap this is serious.”

Despite the water troubles, students aren’t having any issues staying hydrated. The American Red Cross donated around 400 water bottles to the school.

“We’re very grateful for them supplying us with bottled water,” said John Barry, the school’s superintendent.

For the students, the boil order is turning into a lesson for them outside of school.

They’re learning first hand how important water really is.

Students say these past few days make them appreciate it a whole lot more.

“Yes it does. One little thing can ruin your water supply,” said Remboldt. “It’s been really different. I have to brush my teeth with bottled water”

“it’s pretty much like the old days again,” Soupir said.

Superintendent Barry says this is the first time he’s had to deal with something like this. For him, he was glad to see the community support one another.

“We feel very fortunate working with them and having them work with us and overcoming adversity together.”

For the time being, the students will take bottled water over the fountain any day of the week.

No word yet on when the boil order will be lifted. The city is still waiting on test results from the state health department.

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