Quebec will finance the purchase of equipment to enable school boards to carry out tests aimed at measuring the concentration of lead in school water, has learned The newspaper.
The Minister of Education, Jean-Francois Roberge, will inform the school network in a missive that will be sent today and whose The newspaper got copy.
An "approach is currently underway" to acquire "portable devices" that will perform these analyzes according to the procedure decreed by the Ministry of Education, reads.
This equipment will allow school boards to take water samples and analyze them on site by members of their staff who have been trained for this.
"These tools will also become the property of school boards or entities representing school groups, which can be reused if necessary," said Minister Roberge.
These devices will be available by the beginning of the year 2020 at the latest.
According to our information, the cost of this operation is estimated at a few million dollars.
As a result of media surveys that found that there was too much lead in water in some schools in the province, Quebec ordered school boards to analyze the quality of drinking water in all of their schools. by the end of the school year.
The results will have to be made public.
If necessary, work to correct the situation will have to be completed by 23 June 2020 for primary schools and by 1st November 2020 for other schools.
No new money for works
But the school boards with whom The newspaper Recently, this group was more concerned about the amount of money associated with potential work than the cost of water quality testing.
No additional funding will be available to do this work, reported the daily The duty recently.
School boards will have to use the amounts already planned for the maintenance and renovation of schools, an envelope of $ 2.3 billion.