Protecting your family from lead in water

Some of you may be concerned about lead in drinking water.

Paula hands out free water testing kits at the Lead in Water information meeting

Paula hands out free water testing kits at the Lead in Water information meeting

Toronto Water and Public Health have indicated that homes that were built before 1955 with lead pipes may have levels of lead in their drinking water. Toronto homes with lead service pipes and that have occupants who are expectant mothers or children under six years should have their water tested for lead.  

All residents with test results above the Ministry of Environment maximum of 10ppb have been notified of the results by Toronto Water in writing. 

To request free testing for lead in drinking water, you must call the Water Quality Lab at 416-392-2894.

While waiting for test results or replacement of the lead service line residents take a number of different steps to mitigate risk.

Practice flushing techniques as prescribed by the Ministry of the Environment, specifically, running the water for approximately five minutes after long periods of non-use (e.g. overnight, etc.).
Install an NSF 53 approved water filter to remove the lead from their drinking water.
For more information you can go to http://www.toronto.ca/health/lead/