The 54 School District will be getting 265 thousand dollars from the provincial government for pipe replacements at the Twain Sullivan Elementary School in Houston.
The money is part of the 54 million dollars the province will be spending on school upgrades across all the districts.
Dave Margerm, the secretary-treasurer for the 54 School District, says the replacement is to deal with a lead problem in the water pipes discovered in March.
“We would rather not have to deal with lead, period. Or pay employees, or pay for electronic systems to flush the school every morning,” says Margerm. “Irregular lead levels in a school is that you continue to flush the system to reduce the lead levels.”
The lead levels were higher than the federal standards, but the school has been flushing the pipes everyday to keep the drinking water safe.
District 54 plans to have the pipes replaced this summer. The school board originally asked for funding for a new air and heating system at the Silverthorne School in Houston. But the lead issue was deemed more important.