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6th May 2017
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Testing for Lead in the Drinking Water in Our Schools

In August of 2016, this writer wrote to School District No. 68 asking them if they had tested the Schools and School Buildings built prior to 1990 drinking water for Lead content.

After a number of e-mails floating back and forth, the answer finally came that the testing would be done in December, 2016. Under VIHA, the Board is only required to test 1/3 of all buildings per year. In Nanaimo there are 42 buildings built before 1990. There are 7 built 1991 onward. 1990 is used as a cut off date, because this is when the soldering and any pipe needing soldering were eliminated from the building codes.

The report on the findings in the first 14 schools tested has now been released to the Nanaimo trustees and I am attaching it for you to view. This report has left me with many concerns!

I am scheduled to appear before the Trustees, hopefully, on April 26th, 2017. I will raise my concerns and ask many questions at this time.

For those of you who read this report...which in many parts is absolutely unacceptable, if you feel as I do...highly concerned...please come out and support Water Watches and my efforts on April 26th. If you see items you are concerned about, please write to me at so I can include them in my presentation to the Board.

I will place my presentation to the Board on the website once the Board of Trustees have received it

June Ross
Acting Chair - VIWWC