Lead in Water Remains a Concern in PG School District
Prince George, B.C. – They were not the results the Prince George School District were hoping for.
The district, in a letter to district parents, staff and friends last week, indicated that lead levels remain a concern in seven district facilities. They are:
- Edgewood Elementary
- Foothills Elementary
- Heritage Elementary
- Kool Kats Daycare
- Nukko Lake Elementary
- Nusdeh Yoh Elementary
- Pineview Elementary
Testing at the facilities was conducted by L & M Engineering throughout the summer with the district receiving their report on August 17th.
It followed up on prior testing in June 2016 which indicated higher concentrations of lead in those seven facilities than recommended in the Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines (2014).
At the time the consultant’s report indicated that daily flushing of the water systems at these facilities would address the higher than acceptable lead concentrations though further testing was planned.
In response to the latest report, the school district says “the source of contaminants is being investigated with appropriate action responses planned.”
In the letter the district also indicated “sourced water will be supplied” at all seven locations.
In the mean time the district says water fountains have been disabled with signage asking students and staff not to drink from the taps.
The district said it will continue to communicate with parents regarding this situation until testing indicates the water meets the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines.