Water Test Results
Health Canada also revised its guidelines related to copper concentration levels in water, and copper tests were also conducted.
Nova Scotia’s Results
Currently, all schools receive clean drinking water. This will not change.
Data captured includes:
- school name,
- location of the water source in the school,
- the sample ID code for the water system/plumbing route tested,
- and the concentration of lead and copper.
- Concentrations of lead and copper are presented in milligrams per litre (mg/L). Health Canada’s maximum acceptable concentration of lead in drinking water is 0.0050 mg/L; the maximum acceptable concentration of copper in drinking water is 2.0000 mg/L.
Water taps that exceed lead and/or copper limits will not be used for drinking water. These taps will be either replaced, disconnected, taped off, or restricted to hand washing only.
Bottled water continues to be available to staff and students. Moving forward, schools will continue to receive bottled water until appropriate remediation is completed.
Nova Scotia’s remediation plan for school water includes the following measures:
- ongoing remediation of water taps, plumbing and/or pipes
- restrict access to water taps that do not meet Health Canada guidelines
- ongoing communication with students and staff about water safety efforts at their school
For additional information
- Information about individual schools and updates on remediation can be found on your RCE/CSAP website.
- For additional information about schools in your region, please contact your region or CSAP.
- For more information about Health Canada’s guidelines related to lead and copper, go to the following sites: