P.E.I. Provincial Correctional Centre's drinking water problems are over

P.E.I.'s Provincial Correctional Centre is now connected to Charlottetown's municipal drinking water service, after arsenic and uranium levels were found to be too high in the well water.

Now connected to Charlottetown water system after high levels of uranium, arsenic found

The groundwater at the Provincial Correctional Centre tested high for uranium and arsenic this past summer. (Laura Meader/CBC)

The problems with the drinking water at P.E.I.'s Provincial Correctional Centre are now over.

Work was recently completed to connect the facility to Charlottetown's municipal water service.

Testing this summer revealed unsafe levels of arsenic and uranium in the groundwater at the centre, which had been using two wells.

Inmates and staff had been using bottled water for drinking and food preparation for several months.

Arsenic and uranium occur naturally in groundwater, but levels found at the jail were slightly higher than the national health guidelines for consumption.


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