District of Taylor making progress on lead water findings

TAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor is making progress to correct the water situation where they had found minor amounts of lead in the water.

“That, the staff proceed with Northern Health’s recommended action plan for identifying potential areas of lead contamination in the drinking water supply as a multi-phased approach, as follows:

• Phase 1 – test all District owned or operated facilities to identify any potential lead contamination in the drinking water; and.

• Phase 2 – consider an implementation plan for additional testing, pending the results of Phase 1.”

Phase 1 was completed on June 27, 2016. The report from August 10, 2016 revealed that there was 2 minor lead exceedances within the District of Taylor.

They found lead in the drinking water at the Fire Hall and Taylor School.

The Fire Hall was then retested on August 18, 2016. Another minor lead count was found in that water. A third sample was then taken on September 1, 2016 from what the District calls a newer sink upstairs.

That sample produced numbers under the Canadian Drinking Water Guideline. The District has decided to have the downstairs sink changed and then retested.

The Taylor School was retested at the pre-school sink on September 7, 2016. That sample still found a slight lead level exceedance. The District then met with Wally Miedema, the Supervisor of Safety Services with School District #60 and took a tour of the school, pointing out where was tested.

Miedema said he tested from the the water fountain near the gym which showed a positive outcome.

The District says that the school district has a plan to flush the water system and then retest.

“Wally mentioned that he had previously drawn up a water line flushing plan for the Taylor School and will initiate the plan with the principal of the school. They will flush once a week for 4 – 6 weeks and sample half way through to see if there is any change. He will then sample at the end of the flushing program for a final result. We will be informed of any test results and activity from the flushing program.”

 

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