Drinking water in B.C. schools to be tested annually for lead More than a quarter of B.C.’s school districts have found lead in drinking water that e

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Drinking water in B.C. schools to be tested annually for lead

More than a quarter of B.C.’s school districts have found lead in drinking water that exceeds safe limits.

Test results have reached as high as 10 times the safe allowable levels for lead in drinking waterin a high school on northern Vancouver Island. And higher-than-safe results were found in 90 per cent of all schools in the Delta school district, according to results compiled as part of a provincewide survey.

In response to the newspaper’s survey and questions, B.C.’s education minister Mike Bernier has ordered an annual program for school districts to test student drinking water, report results to the ministry and explain what they are doing to fix any problems.


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Karrie-Ann Buchanan owns a campground in Hammonds Plains, N.S. A couple of years ago she received her first bill from the commission - thousands of dollars for a storm water charge she didn't know anything about.
We're up to $8,300, we've put in a grievance with Halifax Water and you know, they told us we have to pay it,” says Buchanan.


Are The Dangers Of Iron In Water Being Ignored?

Iron in drinking water may pose more health risks than federal water regulators currently acknowledge.

Marc Edwards, an environmental engineering professor at Virginia Tech, says that iron may have played a critical role in the Flint lead-contamination crisis.

“What we've discovered in the last, say, five or ten years is a legitimate public health concern about having too much iron and manganese in the water,” he said. “This is part of the scientific process that this doesn't just look bad, it poses a significant public health threat.”


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Veso Sobot, P.Eng
Ipex Management Inc.