School district testing for lead in water set to begin this week

NANAIMO – Nanaimo school district awards tender to Tetra Tech Engineering for lead water testing.

Testing for lead in water is anticipated to begin this week for facilities in the Nanaimo school district.

Testing for lead in water is anticipated to begin this week for facilities in the Nanaimo school district.

Testing for lead in water is expected to start in Nanaimo schools this week after the Ministry of Education advised B.C. school district to develop testing protocols.

The ministry had advised that districts work with local health authorities on a testing program last February and Nanaimo school district awarded a tender to Tetra Tech Engineering Nov. 16 to conduct the testing, planing and examining the results.

Testing is to be done on all facilities built before 1990, according to information from the district. Pete Sabo, school district director of planning and operations, said he didn’t have a schedule or list of schools as of Friday, but a number of people have been asking for that, including Island Health.

“A lot of schools are going to meet [criteria] because a lot of schools are built in sections,” said Sabo. “Even though one section might appear to be newer, there might be an older section as well, so I don’t know that that work’s been completely completed by the consultant and our staff yet, but I requested that and I just haven’t received it.”

Testing must be completed by March 10 and the district must submit results to the Ministry of Education by March 31. The district will also work with Tetra Tech and Island Health on mitigation if the results warrant it.

“As soon as results are received by staff, we will start the mitigation thought process … we’re looking at processes that we can put in place to help mitigate and I expect that we would have more than just the results to supply to the ministry on March 31,” Sabo said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Nanaimo RCMP hope the public can help them find a 16-year-old who has been missing since Sunday. (Photo submitted)
UPDATE: 16-year-old Nanaimo boy located safe

Teen had been reported missing last week and it was thought he may have left town

The Regional District of Nanaimo plans to make its operations more efficient as it works on long-term goals around carbon-neutrality. (PQB News file photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo works to become carbon neutral by 2032

RDN committee of the whole members endorse plan developed by consultant

The Millstone River in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)
Regional district looks at value of Nanaimo’s natural assets

Report focused on the Millstone River could inform future decisions on corporate asset management

Protesters gather along the Pearson Bridge on Terminal Avenue in downtown Nanaimo last month as part of an event called Worth More Standing. (News Bulletin file photo)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: B.C. hasn’t managed forests properly

Protesters opposing logging in Fairy Creek speak for many British Columbians, say letter writers

Nanaimo singer Victoria Vaughn recently released an EP with local producer Austin Penner. (Photo courtesy Taylor Murray)
Nanaimo singer and recent VIU grad releases EP about becoming an adult

Victoria Vaughn’s ‘Growing Pains’ recorded with local producer Austin Penner

In this image from NASA, NASA’s experimental Mars helicopter Ingenuity lands on the surface of Mars Monday, April 19, 2021. The little 4-pound helicopter rose from the dusty red surface into the thin Martian air Monday, achieving the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. (NASA via AP)
VIDEO: NASA’s Mars helicopter takes flight, 1st for another planet

The $85 million helicopter demo was considered high risk, yet high reward

Carver Ken Sheen had almost finished work on a large cowboy carving commissioned by the City of Williams Lake to replace the original overlooking the Stampede Grounds when fire broke out Friday, April 18 at his property between Williams Lake and Quesnel. (Pine River Carving Facebook photos)
Cow boss statue destined for Williams Lake Stampede Grounds goes up in flames

Carver Ken Sheen lost the statue, all his tools and his shop in the blaze

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains. (Hansard TV)
B.C. moves to protect employee pay for COVID-19 vaccination

Most won’t need to take time off work, labour minister says

Orca 1
Orcas: Our Shared Future finally surfaces at Royal B.C. Museum

Museum dives into the world of the killer whale as delayed feature exhibition now open

New figures show Canadian housing prices outpacing those in other developed countries. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canadian housing prices fastest rising in the world

Relative to 2000, housing prices have risen by a factor of more than 2.5

The Nanaimo Clippers are seeking assistance in raising money for Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank. Texting NANKIDS to 41010 will see a $10 donation to the food bank. (Submitted photo)
Nanaimo Clippers look to assist food bank with fundraising goal

People can text-to-donate to support Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank

Polystyrene has been outlawed as a take-out option for restaurants in Tofino and Ucluelet. (Black Press Media file photo)
Styrofoam done as a takeout option on Island’s Pacific Rim

Tofino and Ucluelet ban polystyrene take-out containers

Most Read