Province's school water being tested for lead: Minister

Nova Scotia Education Minister Zach Churchill announces details of the provincial government's education reform bill on March 1, 2018.

Nova Scotia's education minister says his department is testing for lead in the province's schools after the release of new Health Canada guidelines in March.

Zach Churchill says all school taps and fountains will be tested to ensure the water is compliant with the guidelines.

Health Canada has reduced the maximum acceptable concentration of lead from 0.01 milligrams per litre to 0.005 milligrams per litre, and it has new testing protocols for schools.

The Education Department says 92 of the province's 370 schools have been tested so far, and Churchill says a results database will be in place by the start of the next school year.