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Lead In Drinking Water At B.C. Schools Needs Quicker Response: Critic

02/22/2016 08:35 EST | Updated 02/22/2016 08:59 EST
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VICTORIA — B.C.'s Opposition New Democrat Leader John Horgan says the provincial government shouldn't wait for more fish to die in classroom experiments before ensuring drinking water in northern schools is safe.

Horgan says the government is moving too slowly to calm fears of parents concerned that their children could be drinking school water with lead levels above Health Canada guidelines.

Four years ago, elevated levels of copper and lead were found in water at schools in Kitimat after the repeated failure in a classroom experiment to hatch salmon eggs.

Last week, the school district in nearby Prince Rupert told parents elevated levels of lead was found in four schools.

Horgan says the NDP is concerned that it took four years to launch tests in Prince Rupert and his party is calling for more widespread testing in the north where infrastructure is aging in many schools.

Health Minister Terry Lake says tests show the lead levels have not harmed children.

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