Lead Level Results in for SD57
Prince George, B.C.- School District 57 has received the consultant’s report on lead levels in water lines at SD57 facilities, and seven facilities have levels over acceptable limits.
Those schools are:
- Edgewood Elementary
- Foothills Elementary
- Heritage Elementary
- Kool Kats Daycare
- Nukko Lake Elementary
- Nusdeh Yoh Elementary
- Pineview Elementary
The consultant was tasked with testing water in all active and closed schools, as well as the Central Administration Office.
Testing took place from May 18th to June 9th of this year.
The consultant’s report indicated daily flushing of the water systems at these facilities would address the higher than acceptable lead concentrations. SD57 Superintendent Sharon Cairns says flushing the lines for 7 minutes daily is the first step, but further testing will need to be done. “It’s a puzzle” says Superintendent Sharon Cairns “Lead is leached into the water if it stands for a period of time, so we don’t know it that’s the issue or if it’s a different issue.”
Retesting will be done following the flushing. If that doesn’t solve the issue, then the plan will be to isolate the origin of the problem “We actually have schools that have become positive ( for lead) from one place in the school but the drinking fountain is not positive so there are differences within the school, so we have to locate where the problem is first.” Not all of the water sources in every facility were tested.
Schools built prior to 1989 may have had higher concentrations of lead in the solder than those built post ’89 says Cairns “But then there are schools like Nukko Lake, where we have been testing water all along, and it never tested positive for lead. It was built after ’89 and yet it tested positive this time, so it’s a bit confusing.”
Cairns says another puzzle is why a building adjacent to the Gladstone school ( where Kool Kats Daycare is located) would test positive, while Gladstone did not.
She says its too early to say how big the problem may be, and what kind of repairs may need to be made or the costs involved.
The school district will follow the Guidelines developed by the Northern Health Authority (NHA) for daily water flushing and work with the NHA Environmental Health Officer to ensure safe drinking water in all facilities.