Mila Rothwell drinks from a new water filtering station installed at Roosevelt Park Elementary School in Prince Rupert.

Automatic flushing coming to P.R. schools

In the next six months there will be automatic flushing stations in the schools that have high lead levels.

In response to a query from SD52 school board trustee James Horne on action taken by the school district to affect the lead levels found in some Prince Rupert schools, superintendent Sandra Jones provided an update.

“In the next six months there will be automatic flushing stations in the schools that are affected, so ostensibly you wouldn’t ever need to flush the water again,” said Jones, adding that high-quality water-filtered fountains will also be added to affected areas, which will also be reviewed periodically under maintenance and routine operations.

SD52 secretary treasurer Cam McIntyre added that the Ministry of Education is currently reviewing every district’s water policy and is expected to implement a regulation standard for all districts in the fall concerning water upkeep.