Calvin U. Smith Elementary water issue not related to legionella; school to reopen Friday


UPDATE (1:53 p.m.): The water discoloration at Calvin U. Smith Elementary School is not related to Legionella cases in Chemung and Steuben County, according to Corning-Painted Post Area School District Public Information Coordinator Bill Cameron.

The school will reopen on Friday, Sept. 20.

According to Cameron, the “Village of Painted Post Department of Public Works said the actual cause for this discoloration cannot be pinpointed to any one cause, but could be related to recent work in the village on a water service or even low water usage.”

District staff and village employees flushed the water system and conducted additional testing, such as chlorine residuals of the water system.

Cameron says the water system meets the requirements of the New York State Department of Health, and that district and village staff will continue to flush and monitor the water system to ensure this issue has been resolved.


PAINTED POST, N.Y. (WETM)– Calvin U. Smith Elementary school will be closed Thursday, September 19.

According to Bill Cameron, Public Information Coordinator for the Corning-Painted Post Area School District, the school is closed due to a water issue. The water is ‘cloudy’, which is the result of some work being done on a water line in the area.

The issue is not related to the Guthrie Healthworks contamination, and it does not affect any other buildings.

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