Test results show there’s too much lead in water sources flowing into Surrey Schools.
The district recently began conducting tests in 63 facilities built before 1989, when a new plumbing code restricted the use of lead solder in pipes.
Communications Manager with Surrey Schools Doug Strachan says more than half the schools saw questionable levels.
“Fourty four schools had at least one fountain or water source in the school that needed to be flushed.”
The full results discovered that 27 out of 621 water sources in those schools, including school lunchroom and kitchen sink taps had lead levels above Health Canada’s standard for drinking water.
Three-hundred and twenty five sources showed good water quality without flushing, while another 269 showed safe quality after water was left to run.
Strachan says there’s a temporary solution in place to make sure students have safe drinking water.
“We’ve instituted a protocol for those schools to flush the taps first thing in the morning, consistent with what Health Authorities have recommended.”
Strachan recently sent a letter to district parents updating them of the situation.
He says a long term permanent solution includes replacing filters and faucets.
You can see the full results of testing here.