Hundreds of institutions in Ontario have failed lead tests, including three Northern Ontario schools.

Schools with failed tests included Golden Avenue Public School with 70.5 parts per billion in May 2016, St. Patrick School in Kapuskasing at 10 PPB in June of 2016 and Ecole Catholique Georges-Vanier in Smooth Rock Falls at 11.1 PPB back in May of 2016.

The Ontario Ministry of Health says any test exceeding 10 PPB is unhealthy and a cause for concern.

Conseil Scolaire Catholique De District Des Grand Rivieres Director of Education Lorraine Presley says the school board will re-assess their school’s water systems in order to do what needs to be done to correct the matter.

The Ontario Ministry of Health states that lead levels may fluctuate heavily depending on how recently lines have been flushed.

The Ontario government also released a statement that in 2016, 98 per cent of schools and day-cares in the province met the standard for drinking water.

(Written By: Nick Birnie)