City releases results of recent lead testing



    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto has completed the lead
testing ordered by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) on May 23 and
submitted the results on June 6. Out of the 20 homes tested by Toronto Water,
two (10 per cent) of the homes had samples that exceeded the Ontario Drinking
Water Quality Standard (ODWQS) of 10 ppb (parts per billion).
    The results from the fire hydrant samples (indicative of the distribution
system) were all well below ODWQS limits.
    In addition to the required test results, Toronto Water also submitted
the results of an additional 160 samples from private properties, taken during
the period of January 1 to June 2. Of those samples, 12 (less than eight per
cent) exceeded 10 ppb. Samples were also collected from fire hydrants near the
12 homes that had the elevated lead levels and all the results were well below
the limits of the standard.
    Homes found to have lead exceeding the 10 ppb are immediately referred to
the City's Water Service Repair Program and designated as priorities for
replacement. Through this program, the water service line is replaced, from
the watermain to the property line, and the homeowner is advised that it is
best to have the private portion changed at the same time. Change outs on
homes designated as priorities are typically completed within four weeks.
Cases of homes that significantly exceed ODWQS limits are changed out within
five days.
    "The City has had a program to address the lead issue in place for many
years and we will continue to invest in the renewal of all our
infrastructure," said Lou Di Gironimo, General Manager, Toronto Water.
    Since the MOE order was issued, the Central Lab of Toronto Water has
received more than 600 requests from homeowners for lead testing and will
complete all of them.
    Toronto Public Health is advising that homeowners with lead levels above
Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standard who are waiting for replacement of
their water service pipes should take steps to reduce their lead consumption
by using a water filter or bottled water. Filters should state that they
remove lead and be certified as meeting the appropriate drinking water
standards. Residents are advised to check the label on bottled water to ensure
it does not contain lead.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Lou Di Gironimo, General
Manager, Toronto Water, (416) 392-8200; Dr. David McKeown, Toronto Medical
Officer of Health, (416) 338-7820


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