In early 2016, at the request of the Provincial Health Officer via the Ministry of Education to all BC school districts, the Delta School District established a plan to evaluate drinking water quality in Delta schools.
The Delta School District enacted a multi-staged process to assess, address, and repair or remove water-drinking sources that did not meet current health and safety guidelines. During the assessment phase, we initiated testing on all sites that were built before 1989. We had an accredited, independent laboratory test our water samples. Although the majority of positive test results showed only trace amounts of lead above allowable levels, we realized that this was an issue that required immediate and planned attention.
Our commitment is to ensure that all schools have access to clean water.
We are pleased to report that, as of 31 August 2017, District Facilities staff will have completed a project involving a combination of re-piping and decommissioning of all drinking fountains and sinks in staff rooms, teaching kitchens, foods rooms, kitchens/canteens off gyms, inclusive learning rooms and medical rooms (not including medical room washrooms) which failed initial testing for lead.
We have also completed the posting of advisory signage at sinks in classrooms, common areas, washrooms, multi-purpose rooms, science rooms, art rooms, tech ed shops, textile rooms and custodial rooms advising that water from those faucets is not intended for drinking and to use the nearest drinking fountain.
Affected sinks in other rooms where additional sampling, testing and possibly re-piping may still be required have signage posted that advise users to run water for two minutes prior to first use of the day; once these locations are confirmed to either be within Health Canada guidelines or remediated to meet the guidelines, this signage will be removed.
To see the history of events, visit the Drinking Water Quality Program page.
Thanks to all for your continued patience and support!