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Vernon schools to get plumbing upgrades after high lead levels discovered

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November 02, 2016 - 5:30 PM

VERNON - Funding is coming down the pipes in the Vernon School District.

A number of schools in the district will see upgraded plumbing lines and fixtures thanks to $117,000 from the provincial government, Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster announced today, Nov. 2.

The funding comes after elevated lead levels were found in several local schools, including Cherryville Elementary, BX Elementary, Mission Hill Elementary, Kalamalka Secondary, WL Seaton Secondary and Crossroads Learning Centre. 

"Sometimes small upgrades can make a big difference. This funding will facilitate the modernization of plumbing lines and fixtures at 13 Vernon schools, making them more comfortable and safer places to work and learn,” Foster says in a media release.

Vernon is one of 122 schools across the province that will use the funding to upgrade plumbing lines and fixtures.

Districts applied for funding to the Ministry of Education in September 2016. Successful projects were chosen based on need, priority and how well they support student learning and safety, according to a release from the province.

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