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Prince Rupert water is safe: Mayor

The City of Prince Rupert is trying to reassure residents that their water is safe to drink.

The message comes after recent testing revealed elevated lead levels in the tap water at four city schools.

Mayor Lee Brain says Prince Rupert’s water is tested weekly at several locations and results show that it consistently meets Canadian drinking water standards for lead.

Brain states he is deeply concerned about the discovery of elevated lead levels and says the city will take steps to make sure people are better informed about how to prevent similar issues at home.  Lead in the plumbing is thought to be the cause of elevated lead levels at the schools.

The city says that while many Prince Rupert properties have had their plumbing upgraded, their many older homes that still may have lead pipes or lead solder.

I you believe your home may have lead plumbing components, you can have your water tested, you can pick up a sample test kit from the Northern Health Public Health Unit in Prince Rupert.

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