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2017/3/1

PROVINCIAL, QC: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN: DON'T DRINK THE WATER, QC



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Right now, in the province of Quebec it's the winter week off for over 865,000 students in 2,728 pre-school, elementary and high-school levels. Out of this number, 9 schools are under DNC (Do not Consume) water notices including 5 pre-school and elementary schools that we investigated. Some of these establishments have been under DNC water notices for many years, others just a few months. We reached out and contacted these establishments and their local School commissions to get the answers. Right now, in the province of Quebec it's the winter week off for over 865,000 students in 2,728 pre-school, elementary and high-school levels. Out of this number, 9 schools are under DNC (Do not Consume) water notices including 5 pre-school and elementary schools that we investigated. Some of these establishments have been under DNC water notices for many years, others just a few months. We reached out and contacted these establishments and their local School commissions to get the answers.

Most of the establishments with DNC notices are in rural district, without municipal water distributions systems and have to get their water from wells. The quality of the water is monitored every two weeks and sometimes additives in the well's water source are injected to improve the situation to standard satisfactory level.

3 of the schools are located in the Bas-St-Laurent region north of Quebec city under the jurisdiction of Commission Scolaire Kamouraska Rivière-du-Loup. We spoke with Mr. Ghyslain Lisotte who is in charge of the case: " In the case of the JC Chapais School in St-Denis-de-la-Bouteillerie, there is actually no DNC water notice. There was a bit of renovations earlier this year but no particular issue." As for the St-Bruno School and the La Chanterelle School respectively in St-Bruno-De-Kamouraska and St-Paul-Lacroix Mr. Lisotte told us: "these two locations have to have new wells, we are currently awaiting A decision for the La Chanterelle school from the government and as for the St-Bruno school, the work has started last June but we are still awaiting everything to be finalized. As It's not my call, I can't give you an exact date when everything will be up and running."

We left messages to Blue Sea's Reine-Perreault school in Outaouais near Gatineau and the Les Hauteurs School from the town of the same name in Bas-St-Laurent, but the personnel was absent for the winter break.

We were able to reach Miss Cynthia Ouellette in the Central school in the town of St-Elzéar-de-Témiscouata who was on duty and is responsible for testing the water every 2 weeks and report to the proper authorities. Here is what she had to say:

"The children here never drink the water from the well and that for many years. I still test the water every 2 weeks and give my report; most of the time the standards are met, when they are not the authorities have to have chlorine added to the well to bring it back up to satisfactory levels. But as long as I have been here, the students and personnel are being provided with bottled water, we never drink the water from the tap." When we asked if a new well was going to be drilled she said that it was not her decision and that she thought it would probably stay put unless the Québec government were willing to change the ongoing situation. We asked if the well water was contaminated in any way and she said it's mostly organic and bacterial which is somewhat normal for a well, just not optimal and consistant.

Most of the establishments with DNC notices are in rural district, without municipal water distributions systems and have to get their water from wells. The quality of the water is monitored every two weeks and sometimes additives in the well's water source are injected to improve the situation to standard satisfactory level.

3 of the schools are located in the Bas-St-Laurent region north of Quebec city under the jurisdiction of Commission Scolaire Kamouraska Rivière-du-Loup. We spoke with Mr. Ghyslain Lisotte who is in charge of the case: " In the case of the JC Chapais School in St-Denis-de-la-Bouteillerie, there is actually no DNC water notice. There was a bit of renovations earlier this year but no particular issue." As for the St-Bruno School and the La Chanterelle School respectively in St-Bruno-De-Kamouraska and St-Paul-Lacroix Mr. Lisotte told us: "these two locations have to have new wells, we are currently awaiting A decision for the La Chanterelle school from the government and as for the St-Bruno school, the work has started last June but we are still awaiting everything to be finalized. As It's not my call, I can't give you an exact date when everything will be up and running."

We left messages to Blue Sea's Reine-Perreault school in Outaouais near Gatineau and the Les Hauteurs School from the town of the same name in Bas-St-Laurent, but the personnel was absent for the winter break.

We were able to reach Miss Cynthia Ouellette in the Central school in the town of St-Elzéar-de-Témiscouata who was on duty and is responsible for testing the water every 2 weeks and report to the proper authorities. Here is what she had to say:

"The children here never drink the water from the well and that for many years. I still test the water every 2 weeks and give my report; most of the time the standards are met, when they are not the authorities have to have chlorine added to the well to bring it back up to satisfactory levels. But as long as I have been here, the students and personnel are being provided with bottled water, we never drink the water from the tap." When we asked if a new well was going to be drilled she said that it was not her decision and that she thought it would probably stay put unless the Québec government were willing to change the ongoing situation. We asked if the well water was contaminated in any way and she said it's mostly organic and bacterial which is somewhat normal for a well, just not optimal and consistant.





































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