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School drinking water concerns

  • November 06, 2019
  • Published by NSTU1

The following is a message from NSTU President Paul Wozney to all NSTU members

Earlier today, Global News and The Star Halifax published an article regarding unhealthy levels of lead contamination in the water at numerous schools around Nova Scotia.

Read story here: https://bit.ly/2NokTF0

While it was already known that the water at some of these schools was unsafe to drink, the situation at other schools is unclear. Obviously, the NSTU wants to ensure that all teachers and students have access to clean and safe drinking water. It’s also crucial that anyone who has concerns about lead levels in school water receive pertinent information and support in a timely manner.

If you believe you may have been exposed to lead, we encourage you to talk to your school administrator and members of your school’s Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.  Ask when the last time water was tested for lead and for the results of those tests.  If no tests have been conducted, consider asking that it be done.

The NSTU’s position is that all drinking water at public schools should be tested for lead and other contaminants on a regular basis and that the results of those tests should be made available to the public. The fact that this hasn’t been the case in deeply troubling. 

We are monitoring the situation closely and will share more information as it becomes available.

Paul Wozney