Kate Lowe pumps water for Mary Soucy and Andrew Hrickyw at Ecole St. Augustin in this recent file photo. The School goes through over 200 biottles of water every three weeks from five water stations throughout the school.
Having water test results online for schools and public institutions would better inform the public about ongoing water quality issues, says Opposition environment critic Brad Trivers.
Trivers is renewing his call for water test results to be made available online following the recent resolution of long-standing water quality issues at √Čcole Saint-Augustin in South Rustico. Students and staff at the school had to use bottled water for drinking and hand-washing for over eight months.
‚ÄúThe public should be able to have accessible public records of water testing results for public institutions like schools,‚ÄĚ said Trivers.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm glad the situation at √Čcole Saint-Augustin has finally been addressed, but the fact that it dragged on for close to a year underscores why better access to water quality information could help the public and ensure that issues are dealt with more promptly.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe public should be able to have accessible public records of water testing results for public institutions like schools." Opposition environment critic Brad Trivers
Last June, an annual chemical test at √Čcole Saint-Augustin showed uranium, arsenic and sodium in the school‚Äôs well water at levels slightly above what is considered safe for.
Water quality issues at other schools such as Somerset Elementary have also come to light in recent months.
Government indicated it would consider posting school water tests online when the Opposition raised concerns over these water quality incidents in the fall.