Delta South Independent MLA Vicki Huntington says drinking water in the B.C. Legislature has lead levels well above the safe drinking limit.
“My staff noted a metallic taste in the water in the Legislature and I can only say bombarded me with requests that I allow them to have the water here tested, which we did.”
Those tests revealed lead levels five and a half times the maximum allowable concentrations permitted under provincial and federal regulations.
Older public buildings a concern
Speaking on the Simi Sara Show on CKNW, Huntington said Health Minister Terry Lake needs to start implementing water testing on older buildings.
“The issue really here is that the minister of health simply has to start insisting the health authority’s undertake testing regimens, regular testing regiments in the older public buildings.”
Huntington also says the water needs to be flushed more regularly.
“Regular testing has got to start occurring, obviously flushing of the system has to occur and we have to test regularly following that.”
Results from Huntington’s office in the Legislature:
Allowed level of lead: 10 ug/L (10 micrograms per litre)
Found in Vicki Huntington’s office: 55.4 ug/L (micrograms per litre)
Dangers of long term exposure to lead
Health Canada has said long-term exposure to even small amounts of lead can be harmful to human health.
They noted especially in young children, infants, as well as pregnant women.