YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: Water Concerns at Local High School

Angela Monroe

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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: Water Concerns at Local High School

CREATED Sep. 13, 2013

 SALTON CITY -- Parents complain promised upgrades have not been completed at an east valley high school, and part of the school was without running water.

A concerned parent wrote to KMIR6, "West Shores High School--has no running water in half the school. This has been going on for more than 2 weeks now!..."   
We went to West Shores High School in Salton City on Friday.
It's a small school with about 380 students grades 7 through 12.
School started a few weeks ago for them, and for two weeks they didn't have water on part of the campus.
Lydia Enriquez is waiting to pick up her brother and sister on another hot day.
"Every time I pick them up from school they drink like 3, 4 cups of water after school. I'm like, why are you guys so thirsty, and they said well we didn't drink water."
Lydia hadn't heard the water was off to three fountains, and one bathroom.
"It's surprising, because if anything happens within the campus, they should really tell the parents," said Lydia.
Principal Richard Pimental told us the water went dry for part of campus when construction workers removed an irrigation tank.  
"When they moved that they closed that line thinking that the only thing that was connected to that was the back field water, turns out it wasn't," said Principal Pimental.
The water is back on, as of last Friday.
"It was a two week job, but it was done right and that was the most important factor for me, get it done right, we had two other restrooms in the meanwhile," said Pimental.
The parent also says work appears to have stopped on the new sports field.
"I asked how's our deadline, they said deadline is still on time," said the principal.
Principal Pimental says the first phase of the project should be done in November, and funding is in place.
"Our students are excited about the field, and I'm excited about the field, it's something that's going to bring a whole lot of pride and joy to the community," said Principal Pimental.
The groundbreaking is later this month, and Lydia says it will be a home run for the community.
"It will be a good way to motivate kids that the school is worth a lot, especially people that live in this area. It's very rural, very small population, very limited resources. Education can happen anywhere, anytime," said Lydia.
A parent also told us internet for iPads has not been turned on. 
The principal told us their internet capabilities are limited for the 100's of iPads, but he says they hope to increase the capacity by January.