The superintendent of School District 52 in which four Prince Rupert schools were found to have elevated levels of lead in their drinking water says the water is safe to drink.
Sandra Jones says once they knew about the elevated levels, remediation efforts were immediately put into effect.
Jones says media sources have stated the lead issue has been known since 2012, but she says they may be referring to the testing of Kitimat’s water.
Jones says to her knowledge, the water in Prince Rupert schools have never been tested before.
She adds that even with those elevated levels, it’s highly unlikely children were negatively affected.
Her sentiments echo Dr. Raina Fumerton, the northwest medical health officer for Northern Health.
Dr. Fumerton had previously stated that even if children were exposed to elevated lead levels, even in the worse case scenario, it would have been minimal.
Jones supports the calls for all schools to be tested for lead levels, but adds, school districts will need financial support for that undertaking.
New Democrat MLA Jennifer Rice says there’s been no effort to test lead levels at other schools and she wants checks of all elementary and secondary schools in her North Coast riding.