City releases clarification on lead tests offered to residents

    TORONTO, June 8 /CNW/ - To request free testing for lead in their
drinking water, residents must call the Water Quality Lab at 416-392-2894.

    Note: no other Toronto Water number can take these requests.

    When calling the lab, residents must provide:

    - name
    - full address
    - closest major intersection
    - phone number

    Requests for testing cannot be added to the waiting list unless all
information listed above is provided.
    Lead contamination of drinking water is only a concern in homes built
prior to 1955. If a home was built before 1955, a resident can request free
water testing. If a home was built later, the water supply should not come in
contact with lead pipes.

    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: Media contact: Andrea Gonsalves, Senior
Communications Co-ordinator, (416) 392-4310

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