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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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A British Columbia elementary school is under a do not consume (DNC) advisory after their water was found to not meet Canadian drinking water quality guidelines.

Nicholson Elementary in Golden, British Columbia discovered higher than acceptable nitrate concentration on a recent test and as a result the DNC advisory was issued on October 11.

In addition to the nitrates, the well system that supports the school has also been deemed at risk of containing pathogens.

The most recent information available shows the school as having 90 students.

According to a source at British Columbia's Interior Health Authority (IHA), "The school is providing students with bottled drinking water and signage has been placed at taps in the school."

Parents have also been advised of the DNC.

IHA said in an email to this reporter that, "The do not consume and other potential notices or advisories will be lifted when appropriate treatment for nitrates and pathogens are put in place."

As of publication, the Rocky Mountain School District #6 has not provided comment on the advisory.

Some solutions for higher than acceptable nitrates, which can occur from wells being located near to agriculture, include installing reverse osmosis water purifiers or ion exchange water conditioners. These methods tend to reduce the concentration significantly.

As an elementary school, the students make up a particularly vulnerable population to water pollution. So whatever the solution is, it should probably be a well thought out one.

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