Water quality issues in Island schools an ongoing concern: Trivers

CHARLOTTETOWN – A new incident involving water quality issues in Island schools points to an ongoing concern and has the Official Opposition renewing calls for school water quality tests to be posted online.

Students and staff at École Saint-Augustin in Rustico have been unable to use the school’s drinking water since June 2015 due to issues with elevated salt levels and other potentially harmful materials. In the meantime students and staff have had to use bottled water and a hand pump for drinking water.

“Having safe, clean drinking water for students and staff in Island schools should be a basic starting point,” said Rustico-Emerald MLA and Opposition Environment critic Brad Trivers. “Now with a second case in Island schools coming to light in a few short months it raises questions about water quality in our schools.”

The Opposition raised issues around water quality at a school in Kinkora during the fall sitting of the Legislature, asking government for school water quality test results to be posted online. At the time the government admitted it had known about the issue which forced students and staff to use bottled water for several weeks. Trivers noted this latest incident has been ongoing for more than six months.

“Having schools operating with unsafe water for weeks and months at a stretch isn’t an acceptable situation. We are renewing our call for government to post school water quality test results online so the public can be better informed,” said Trivers.        


 Photo cutline:  École Saint-Augustin in Rustico


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