The City of Brandon is expanding its program for testing lead in water to meet new provincial requirements.
According to a release sent out by the city on Thursday, residential lead sampling is now a requirement of the Brandon Public Water System’s operating licence.
That means testing for lead in water in residences will continue and 40 randomly selected residences in the city have been sent letters asking for voluntary participation in the program.
The results of these tests will be made available to the affected homeowners and will be included in the city water system’s annual report.
In future years, new residences will be selected to participate.
The National Drinking Water Guideline mandates that lead levels in water be below 0.005 milligrams per litre, which the water entering the system from the city’s water treatment facility meets.
However, there may be elevated lead concentrations in homes built before 1950.
The city’s voluntary program for residents to test for lead in their water is still available. More information can be found online at brandon.ca/water-treatment/lead-water-services-information.
Additionally, the city’s rebate program for residents who install filters on properties impacted by elevated concentrations of lead is still available. For more information, call the city’s development services division at 204-729-2214 or email email@example.com.
Schneider to receive alumni award
Brandon University professor Christopher Schneider is expected to accept a Distinguished Alumni Award later tonight from Harper College, where he began his post-secondary journey more than 20 years ago.
Schneider said in a Monday afternoon news release that the Illinois-based school is where he was seriously introduced to sociology, which is the field of study he currently teaches at BU.
"To be recognized for my career accomplishments as a professional sociologist is especially meaningful," Schneider said. "It’s humbling to be chosen for such a distinction."
Schneider attended the school from 1997-2000 and graduated with an arts degree in general studies. Then he transferred to Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University and Arizona State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s in sociology and a doctorate in injustice studies, respectively.
Before BU, he spent time at various Canadian post-secondary institutions, including the University of British Columbia and Wilfrid Laurier University.
Hired in 2015, Schneider was promoted to the status of full professor at BU last year.
He has written or collaborated on six books and published dozens of scholarly articles and essays, some of which have been included in publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post and USA Today.
His 2016 book, "Policing and Social Media: Social Control in an Era of New Media," was referenced in multiple media reports that came out in the wake of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots.
Harper College’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony will be livestreamed tonight at 6:30 p.m.
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