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Schools get the lead out

Kamloops schools will be equipped with lead-filtering systems on all water stations.

School District 73 is installing filtrations systems at all its schools to ensure students have access to the safest possible drinking water.

It’s expected the work will be complete by the start of next school year.

Supt. Alison Sidow said the recommendation followed continued concern from parents.

“It’s clear that parents want this option for their children," she said.

More than 17 parent advisory committees have already raised money to have the units installed.

"This will ensure that all students in every one of our schools have equitable access to the safest possible drinking water,” said Sidow.

Those that have already installed units will be reimbursed.

The district implemented a flushing protocol last year after elevated lead levels were discovered in water samples taken from a small number of schools. The issue of lead in school drinking water emerged as a provincial issue after water testing in Lower Mainland schools. The Ministry of Education directed all B.C. districts to test their water systems.

The problem occurs when water sits in pipes overnight or through a weekend and comes into prolonged contact with lead pipe solder commonly used in home, business and institutional plumbing systems in buildings constructed before 1990.



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