Brigden school water passes second test


The water at Brigden Public School is safe.

That’s the word after a second round of tests done by the Lambton-Kent District School Board for Lambton Public Health.

Last week, public health inspector Theresa Warren informed the board that water samples taken at the school in mid-June tested above the Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standards for lead.

Schools regularly flush their water pipes once a week and older schools, such as Brigden, turn the water on for five minutes before students arrive to make sure there is fresh clean water.

At the end of the school year, staff takes two samples including from water which has been flushed. Brigden’s sample had more than 10 micrograms per liter of lead. Pregnant women and young children were ordered to drink bottled water until the problem could be resolved.

Warren says the second set of samples have come back within provincial guidelines “well below the standard for lead.”

Warren says the first set of tests may have shown lead in the water because “they may not have flushed that day for the appropriate amount of time,” she says.

Warren says officials at the school will now continue the regular flushing schedule and all students, staff and families are cleared to drink the tap water.