Kinetico offers solutions to high lead levels in Ontario water



    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - Kinetico Home Water Solutions in Canada recently
conducted a national survey to better understand Canadian attitudes regarding
the quality of their water. Lead was listed in the top 5 concerns that
Canadians had toward water quality, with almost 35% in Ontario listing lead as
a concern.
    It appears that these Ontario residents' concerns were well founded,
after almost half of 36 Ontario communities recently tested for lead in
drinking water found higher levels than what the province considers safe.
    The test findings, released last week, prompted the Ontario government to
immediately order schools and day cares to enhance water testing and system
flushing.
    Acting chief medical officer of health Dr. George Pasut said the health
risks associated with lead are greatest for pregnant women and children under
age 7.
    Phillip Adsetts, Managing Director of Kinetico Canada states, "The aging
water pipe infrastructure in Ontario has been an on-going issue. Many
residents living in older homes know that they must run their water for a
length of time before lead levels reduce." Adsetts goes on to say that "the
free testing the government is offering is a great start, but what about
solving the problem? The only way you can be sure that you and your family are
drinking the purest water available is to have a home water system that is
certified for the removal of these types of contaminants. Kinetico systems are
certified to remove heavy metals such as lead, as well as other contaminants,
both naturally occurring and man-made."
    Until now, testing in Canada has been done on distribution lines before
the water passed through service pipes and plumbing fixtures that may contain
lead. Concern over London's drinking water prompted Ontario's chief inspector,
Jim Smith, to recommend that municipalities across the province test tap water
in older homes, nurseries, schools and hospitals. However, few municipalities
submitted test results to the province and mandatory orders were issued.
    Environment Minister Laurel Broten announced an "action plan" that
includes new regulations for schools and day cares, proposed stricter testing
regimes for municipalities, financial assistance for low-income parents of
young children and pregnant women where water filters are recommended, and
encouragement to municipalities to conduct public education campaigns on lead
in water.
    Municipalities will also be encouraged to help make lead line
replacement, which typically costs $2,000-$10,000 per residence, more
affordable for homeowners through measures such as on-bill financing.
    "As much as it is the municipalities' responsibility to deliver safe
drinking water to homes, there are real concerns regarding the quality of
water that is coming out of our taps. Residents living in older homes with
lead pipes have the greatest risk and need to consider a more permanent
solution", Adsetts says.
    Kinetico is also offering Ontario residents who are concerned about lead
levels in their water a financial incentive for a whole home water treatment
system. Adsetts says, "the only way to be confident in the water that you and
your family are consuming is to take action in your own home. A comprehensive
water treatment system, certified by NSF International for the removal of
contaminants such as lead, provides an effective solution and personal peace
of mind."
    For additional information on Kinetico Home Water Systems or to book an
appointment, call 1 866 351 8722, or visit www.kinetico.ca

    ABOUT Kinetico: Kinetico Incorporated, headquartered in Newbury, Ohio, is
a leading manufacturer of water treatment systems. An extensive network of
Kinetico dealers serving residential and light commercial customers has helped
more than a million people in nearly 100 countries experience the benefits of
better water. Since 1970, Kinetico has prided itself on creating unique water
treatment systems that serve customers in an expanding variety of residential,
commercial, industrial and municipal applications.

    About NSF International: NSF International, an independent,
not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and
writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). NSF is a
World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and
Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and
water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF
International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by
Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for
Public Health Education.




For further information:

For further information: Phillip Adsetts, Managing Director, Kinetico
Canada Inc., (519) 927-9500, padsetts@kinetico.com

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