FREDERICTON – The province’s education minister says more than 250 water fountains in schools throughout the province have been removed because they contained high levels of lead and copper.
 
Jody Carr says another 180 water fountains will be replaced and 26 water treatment systems are being installed to fix the problem.

Tests that began last fall found many school water fountains had levels of lead that exceeded Health Canada guidelines.

Carr says the greatest problems were in the Saint John area.

He says more than $50,000 has been spent to provide bottled water in schools and another $320,000 has been set aside to replace water fountains.

He says it will be December before all the new water fountains and treatment systems are installed.