Fountains pass test as water bottle ban takes effect in Hamilton public schools

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

The water fountains at all city public schools passed tests for lead in preparation for a two-stage ban on the sale of bottled water that begins at the elementary level this year and extends to high school next year.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board business superintendent Don Grant said an audit of about 1,000 fountains at 118 elementary schools over the summer found about 10 per cent required repairs or replacement.

Urgent repairs have completed and all schools –including at secondary schools – have functioning hallway fountains, he told trustees.

“We’re happy to report that none of our schools reported any exceedance of acceptable levels in the water system with regards to lead,” Mr. Grant said.

Containers recycled

He said all schools and vendors have been informed of the board’s ban and related commitment to ensuring polystyrene bottles and containers are recycled. The measures were approved by trustees in April.

“I’d just like to commend staff for their diligent effort in rolling this out,” said Trustee Tim Simmons, who led the push for the ban. “They did a fantastic job of getting this started in a very short period of time.”

Stoney Creek Trustee Robert Barlow said he’s noticed that many students are sporting reusable water bottles on their backpacks and schools are also selling them to raise money.

“It’s good to see the message is getting out,” he said.

Fountains pass test as water bottle ban takes effect in Hamilton public schools

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

The water fountains at all city public schools passed tests for lead in preparation for a two-stage ban on the sale of bottled water that begins at the elementary level this year and extends to high school next year.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board business superintendent Don Grant said an audit of about 1,000 fountains at 118 elementary schools over the summer found about 10 per cent required repairs or replacement.

Urgent repairs have completed and all schools –including at secondary schools – have functioning hallway fountains, he told trustees.

“We’re happy to report that none of our schools reported any exceedance of acceptable levels in the water system with regards to lead,” Mr. Grant said.

Containers recycled

He said all schools and vendors have been informed of the board’s ban and related commitment to ensuring polystyrene bottles and containers are recycled. The measures were approved by trustees in April.

“I’d just like to commend staff for their diligent effort in rolling this out,” said Trustee Tim Simmons, who led the push for the ban. “They did a fantastic job of getting this started in a very short period of time.”

Stoney Creek Trustee Robert Barlow said he’s noticed that many students are sporting reusable water bottles on their backpacks and schools are also selling them to raise money.

“It’s good to see the message is getting out,” he said.

Fountains pass test as water bottle ban takes effect in Hamilton public schools

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

The water fountains at all city public schools passed tests for lead in preparation for a two-stage ban on the sale of bottled water that begins at the elementary level this year and extends to high school next year.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board business superintendent Don Grant said an audit of about 1,000 fountains at 118 elementary schools over the summer found about 10 per cent required repairs or replacement.

Urgent repairs have completed and all schools –including at secondary schools – have functioning hallway fountains, he told trustees.

“We’re happy to report that none of our schools reported any exceedance of acceptable levels in the water system with regards to lead,” Mr. Grant said.

Containers recycled

He said all schools and vendors have been informed of the board’s ban and related commitment to ensuring polystyrene bottles and containers are recycled. The measures were approved by trustees in April.

“I’d just like to commend staff for their diligent effort in rolling this out,” said Trustee Tim Simmons, who led the push for the ban. “They did a fantastic job of getting this started in a very short period of time.”

Stoney Creek Trustee Robert Barlow said he’s noticed that many students are sporting reusable water bottles on their backpacks and schools are also selling them to raise money.

“It’s good to see the message is getting out,” he said.