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KOOTENAY, BC, BLEWETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: DON'T FORGET YOUR LUNCH KIT, OR YOUR WATER BOTTLE
The water fountains are still attached to the walls of
Blewett Elementary School in the Kootenay region of BC
interior, but the children are reminded not to drink from
Boil Water Notices are posted at each water fountain. An
active Water Quality Advisory from Interior Health shows
the reason for the advisory as "insufficient treatment or
disinfection residual", along with "unapproved water
supply system or construction works".
Susan Duncan is the media spokesperson for BC Interior
Health, stating via email, "Yes, the school falls under
the Drinking Water Protection Act, which means Interior
Health inspects and monitors the system. Typically,
school districts are the operators of the system. Once a
problem is identified, Interior Health works with the
operator to solve the problem."
Local parents say the water quality issue here might be
related to the creek source. It could also be the case
that aged plumbing impacts the water quality results at
the fountains and taps.
The thirtieth annual school fundraiser, a community
Halloween party, has filled classroom piggy banks for
another year, providing some extra supplies and spring
field trips for the students. Upgrading the water system
does not appear to be forthcoming for the Blewett
Elementary, at least not any time soon.
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