Concerns are being raised about a water safety issue at the French school in South Rustico, P.E.I. 

Last June, an annual chemical test at École Saint-Augustin showed uranium, arsenic and sodium at levels slightly above what's considered safe for drinking in the well water. 

Students and staff have had to drink bottled water since the start of the school year. The drinking fountains are turned off. 

Drinking Water Advisory sign Ecole St. Augustin

Signs have been posted warning students and staff not to drink the tap water at École Saint-Augustin in Rustico. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

The Education department and the French Language School Board are working on installing a water filtration system.

"The problem was identified, and they said they were going to fix it," Rustico-Emerald MLA and Opposition Environment critic Brad Trivers said.

Trivers issued a news release Friday, critical of how long it's taking to fix the problem.

"I think there's a timeliness factor there," he said. 

'Bit of an inconvenience'

The $60,000 water filtration system should be installed and working within weeks, the French board said Friday. 

"It is a bit of an inconvenience for students and staff to be making sure we've delivered the bottles of water and changed them," said the board's director of corporate services Brad Samson. 

"But they've adapted to the current situation." 

Officials say it took time to find the appropriate system and hire a contractor, and there were some delays getting parts delivered. 

The contractor told CBC News Friday, the new system should be up and running by next Friday, then it will have to be tested.  

The plan and timeline should have been better communicated to parents, said Trivers. 

And he thinks all school water test results should be posted online. That's something an Education department spokesperson said is being considered. 

Long-term health effects

Elements in the water are only a concern if consumed over a long period of time, said the board's Samson.

"The school being relatively new, we know people haven't been consuming the water for a long period of time," he assured. 

The school opened in Dec. 2011.

With files from Steve Bruce