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Doctor says be aware of lead in water, but don’t panic

Concerns over lead contamination in Prince Rupert’s drinking water continues.

North Coast NDP MLA Jennifer Rice has been vocal on her concerns about lead in schools and in public buildings in her riding.

She has called for water testing province-wide, something Health Minister Terry Lake has resisted so far.

Dr. Raina Fumerton is a medical health officer with Northern Health.

As a parent herself, she says she understands the concerns over lead exposure, but says this isn’t an acute issue.

Dr. Fumerton says lead is an issue that comes and goes, and unfortunately awareness wanes over time.

She wants people to remain aware of the dangers of lead exposure, not just in schools but also from older homes and buildings.

Ontario has legislated annual water testing, something Dr. Fumerton thinks BC should look into.

Lead was detected in three Prince Rupert schools last month after testing was initiated by Dr. Fumerton.

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