Two Haldimand schools exceed safe lead levels 40% of time: Report looks at water from 2016-2018

By Mike Renzella

The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—A two-year investigation by Ryerson and Concordia universities, the Toronto Star, and Global News has uncovered that over 2,400 schools and daycare facilities across the province have exceeded the safe limit for lead established by the federal government, including in Haldimand.

Currently, the federal government states that the maximum amount of lead in drinking water that is safe to consume is 5 parts per billion (ppb), while the provincial government has their regulation set at 10 ppb. From April 2016 to March 2018, one third of all schools and daycare facilities in the province recorded at least one test that was higher than 5 ppb.

Several schools across Haldimand were included in a list released by Global News, which provided information on the number of tests conducted and how often the facility exceeded the limits.

Dunnville Secondary School exceeded the federal safety recommendation of 5 ppb in 40% of tests conducted in the two-year period. This is above the provincial average for public schools of 10.8% over the same time period. The highest result was 27.9 ppb.

Cayuga Secondary School also sat at 40%, with 17.1 ppb as the highest rate. Multiple other schools were included in the study, which is available in full online through Global News at globalnews.ca/news/6107982.

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