British Columbia Sun

Arsenic toxin seen in Powell River school’s drinking water, states health authority

BC

Key takeaways: 

  • Staff, students to be supplied bottled water upon return from spring break.
  • Vancouver Coastal Health says testing of the drinking water at Kelly Creek Community School has seen levels of arsenic exceeding the highest acceptable concentration for consumption. 

Vancouver Coastal Health states testing of the drinking water at a school in Powell River, B.C., has seen levels of arsenic beyond the highest acceptable concentration for consumption.

The health authority says regular water supply testing at Kelly Creek Community School has shown safe levels till now.

Because the arsenic was found before, it says medical health officers have considered the danger to students and staff as very low.

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The health authority says regular water supply testing at Kelly Creek Community School has shown safe levels till now

Arsenic is a natural element found in rocks and has been usually found in groundwater in the Powell River and on the Sunshine Coast. The authority says routine testing of well water is required.

“Testing for water quality and pollutants are necessary safeguards and should be planned routinely,” the authority said. Vancouver Coastal reminds those who own or use private water systems to run routine maintenance and testing.

Staff and students at the school will be supplied bottled water when they are back from spring vacation on Monday till maintenance of the water treatment system is finished.

Source – cbc.ca

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