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Kids bring water to school after lead-levels test

06/14/2012 09:16 EDT | Updated 08/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Students and staff at a nearly century-old Toronto public school have been encouraged to bring in drinking water from home in recent days, after a test found elevated levels of lead in water at the school.

Williamson Road Junior Public School notified parents last week that a recent test found that the level of lead in its drinking water “exceeded the strict standard set by the Ministry of the Environment.”

That prompted the school to order a second test, which met regulatory standards.

The water is now being tested a third time and the results are expected to be available next week.

As a precaution, the school has restricted access to the school water fountains since the results of the first test came back.

It has been using an alternative water supply for drinking and food preparation and has encouraged staff and students to bring in water from home.

The school has advised parents that it appears the results of the first test are “an anomaly,” given that the water supply has never been an issue since a new testing program came into effect in 2007.

However, some parents say they still have concerns about the water supply at the school, which first opened in 1913.

Click on the video above to see a full report from the CBC’s Marivel Taruc.

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