Pre-school in The Acreage uses bottled water

THE ACREAGE -- The state is expected to sample the well-water again this weekend.

While the cause of the cancer cases is not known, one pre-school in the Acreage is not taking chances. At All-Star Kids Early Learning Center, they've got more than 100 kids, some as young as 6 weeks old.

And this school finds itself right in the middle of the cancer cluster.

At All-Star Kids Early Learning Center on Orange Boulevard, they're on well water. The kids at this pre-school are free to drink the tap water if they want.

But just to be on the safe side, this pre-school is also providing bottled water for the children to drink, all because of the pediatric cancer cluster that has worried so many people in the acreage.

"To alleviate some of the parents concerns though, we have asked bottled water to be brought in on a daily basis. This way the parents feel more comfortable," said Magda Whirlow, All-Star Kids Early Learning Center.

Last week the county health department confirmed there's a cancer cluster in the Acreage, which means there's an elevated level of brain and central nervous system cancers, especially among girls from birth to 19.

But last summer when word of a suspected cancer cluster started to come up, the pre-school went to bottled water.

One school official says some of the parents are understandably a little worried.

"They're concerned about the fact that they don't know what's causing it."

She says the school has had its well water tested and everything's fine and it is safe.

But the fact that they're offering bottled water is reassuring to one parent.

"If it is by some chance the water, at least we know that the kids are safe," said parent Amanda Morris.

Morris has a 4 year old son Frankie enrolled at the pre-school and a 7 year old daughter.

She says they have well water at their home, and she feels it's safe.

"I personally don't mind the well water. I use it. And we bathe in it, they use it to brush their teeth. I do. And I haven't had a problem with it."

The head of the preschool says they've looked into the possibility of hooking into the public water system.

She says to extend the lines to the school would cost them about $250-thousand dollars, and its just too expensive for them to do it at this point.