WRDSB follows Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) legislation regarding drinking water. This includes an annual lead testing cycle, and working with Region of Waterloo Public Health officials to do any corrective actions they required to do.

To be more transparent about these tests, their results and the corrective actions we take, it’s important to understand recent amendments to Ontario Regulation 243/07.

To enhance the safety requirements around drinking water at schools and child care centres, the MOECC has increased the number of tests taken at each site and is making the results of these tests available to the public.

By January 2020, WRDSB is testing all drinking fountains, bottle fillers and taps used for food preparation (drinking water fixtures) at elementary schools and affiliated child care centres. We will complete testing at senior elementary and secondary schools by January 2022.

Ontario Drinking Water Standards

According to Health Canada’s guideline, the Ontario drinking water quality standard for lead is 10 micrograms per litre (also written as 10 µg/L or as 0.010 milligrams per litre). When levels of lead that are higher than provincial standards are detected, we take immediate action to protect our students, following directions from MOECC guidelines, in consultation with the Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services.

Questions about testing water for lead

Why does the Ontario government require child care centres and schools to test drinking water for lead?

Young children are more vulnerable to the effects of lead because they absorb ingested lead more easily than adults, which can interfere with the development of their nervous systems. In population studies, exposure to lead has been associated with effects on learning capacity, intellectual development and behaviour.

How will the new rules coming into effect in July 2017 better protect children in child care centres and schools?

Ontario is proactively strengthening its regulation to protect children’s health. Studies show that lead levels in drinking water from plumbing can vary substantially between individual taps or fountains. Only by testing each drinking water fixture can child care centres and schools be sure that they are not exposing children to lead through any of the plumbing within their facilities.

How can the Ministry the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) guarantee that students aren’t drinking from fountains that have lead issues (is the school responsible)?

Ontario has a strong framework to address and follow up on lead exceedances. This framework includes strict monitoring and inspection requirements and engagement with the Local Medical Officer of Health and owners/operators of the facility showing the exceedance to resolve issues in a timely manner. Throughout the year and during inspections, MOECC staff review all adverse test results to ensure incidents have been appropriately addressed and to assess compliance with any corrective actions issued by the local Medical Officer of Health.

Facilities must take immediate corrective action at any tap or drinking fountain where a test result shows a lead exceedance. These actions could include increased flushing, replacing the fixture, installing a filter or other device that is certified for lead reduction, rendering the tap or fountain inaccessible to children by disconnecting or bagging, or any other measures as directed by the local Medical Officer or Health, until the issue is resolved.

What is the drinking water quality standard for lead?

The Ontario drinking water quality standard for lead is 10 micrograms per litre. This standard is based on a national guideline set by Health Canada.

What happens if a child care centre or school finds it has lead in its drinking water above the standard for lead?
If a child care centre or school gets a drinking water test result that is above the standard for lead, the local Medical Officer of Health will assign corrective actions to the facility and it is the facility’s responsibility to ensure those actions are carried out. The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change will follow up with the facility operator and local Medical Officer of Health if necessary. These local processes have been in place since 2007 and are working well.

How many times can a school test their water to meet the standard?

Child care centres and schools with a primary division (Grade 3 and under) must sample at least one-third of their drinking water fixtures in each of 2017, 2018 and 2019, with all drinking water fixtures sampled by January 1, 2020. Other facilities (middle and high schools) must sample all their drinking water fixtures by January 1, 2022. There is no maximum limit to the number of times a facility can sample their water for lead, in just over the next two years, every tap for primary schools and child care centres will be tested.

How can I find out the lead test results for my child’s child care centre or school?

In an effort to be transparent, WRDSB has listed the impacted schools from 2017 forward. If you have questions about any measures taken by your local child care centre or school to ensure the lead level safety of drinking water, contact your local child care centre, school or school board.

What’s the difference between standing and flushing? Why does MOECC require both?

A standing sample is a sample of the first water that comes out of the tap that could have been “standing” in the pipe and not flowing whereas a “flushed sample” is a sample of water that has had a chance to flow before taking water from the tap or fountain.

While lead is generally not found in water from municipal drinking water plants, it may be present in the distribution piping with the streets and in certain facilities (schools) with older pipes, solder and fixtures, especially buildings built prior to 1990. Flushing of plumbing has been proven to decrease the amount of lead in drinking water in these cases. Facilities are required to take samples of the drinking water from the drinking fountains and taps before and after they flush the plumbing. A comparison of the flushed sample results versus the standing sample results consistently shows that flushing significantly reduces lead in drinking water.

Why are child care centres and schools required to flush their plumbing?

Flushing has been shown to reduce lead levels in drinking water fixtures. By flushing plumbing and fixtures, water that may have come in contact with lead plumbing is replaced with fresh water. How often a facility has to flush their plumbing and fixtures depends on several factors including the age of the plumbing, previous lead test results or if a device that removes lead, such as a filter, has been installed on a fixture.

How are people exposed to lead?

Lead is a naturally occurring element. Lead has many industrial uses and has been found in water systems since the late 1800s. It is also present in soil, food and indoor dust. Over the past few decades, exposure to lead has significantly decreased due to restrictions in the use of lead in gasoline, paint and solder.

How does lead get into drinking water?

Ontario’s surface and groundwater generally does not contain lead. If lead does occur naturally, the concentrations are typically extremely low and below the drinking water standard for lead. Where there are concentrations of lead in drinking water above the standard, the likely cause is from the lead pipes servicing the premises, lead solder used in the plumbing or fixtures containing high percentages of lead.

Lead pipe service connections have been used to deliver water from distribution pipes since the late 1800s. Older buildings (generally those built before the mid-1950s) are more likely to have lead connections. By 1990, the amount of lead in solder that could be used in drinking water plumbing was substantially reduced.

The amount of lead leaching into drinking water from these components depends largely on the chemical characteristics of the water. In certain circumstances, extended contact between standing water and the components can cause the lead to be released from the pipes. When the tap is turned on, water that has been standing in the pipes may have accumulated lead levels higher than Ontario’s standard for lead.

How can I get the water in my home tested for lead?

If you suspect that you have lead service pipes or lead plumbing in your home, you may wish to have your tap water tested for lead. Some municipalities in Ontario have programs that help residents test their drinking water for lead. Contact your municipality for more information about your water service pipes and what is available in your community.

Alternatively, you can arrange your own drinking water lead test through a licensed laboratory. For more information please visit Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change – Drinking Water Information or phone the Public Information Centre at 1-800-565-4923.

Health Information Resources

Health Canada – Lead Information Package

Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services – Lead

Public Health online fact sheet

Schools

In accordance with MOECC legislation, WRDSB is testing water for lead in all of our schools. The following is a list of schools where we detected at least one drinking water fixture (drinking fountains, bottle fillers and taps used for food preparation) that sampled above the acceptable level for lead. The list includes the steps we are taking to correct the issue for each affected fixture, or restorative actions taken for all drinking water fixtures in the school, where needed. Please know that we will continue to work on corrective measures until we meet the provincially set standards. 

Each drinking water fixture at WRDSB’s schools is assigned a code (ex ALP-06). For detailed findings of your school’s lead water testing, please visit the school office and request to review the school’s lead sampling binder.

Schools with lead exceedance (2020)

Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute

Water testing results showed two drinking water fixtures were impacted.

Fixture Number: CHC-56; drinking fountain (pool area)
Test date: January 9, 2020
Standing result: 24.3 ug/L
Flushed result: 4.3 ug/L

Fixture Number: CHC-57; bottle filler (pool area)
Test date: January 10, 2020
Standing result: 48.8 ug/L
Flushed result: 10.8 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily;
  • Permanently render fixtures CHC-56 & CHC-57 unusable for drinking
  • Take two sets of resamples from drinking water fixture CHC-57 where the initial samples were taken a minimum of seven days apart from each other, but within 30 days of the initial sample
Lester B Pearson Public School

Water testing results show one drinking water fixture was impacted.

Fixture Number: LBP-20; bottle filler (second floor)
Test date: February 27, 2020
Standing result: 65.3 ug/L
Flushed result: 15.4 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily;
  • Permanently render fixtures LBP-19 & LBP-20 unusable for drinking;
  • Take two sets of resamples from drinking water fixture LBP-20 where the initial samples were taken a minimum of seven days apart from each other but within 30 days of the initial sample.

 

Schools with lead exceedence (2019)

John Mahood Public School

Water testing results showed two drinking water fixtures were impacted.

Fixture Number: JMA-16; drinking fountain (corridor; fix reference # 802)
Test date: January 9, 2019
Standing result: 30.6 ug/L
Flushed result:  7.0 ug/L

Fixture Number: JMA-17; bottle filler (corridor; fix reference # 802)
Test date: January 10, 2019
Standing result: 21.2 ug/L
Flushed result:  7.3 ug/L
Corrective action: Flush drinking water fixtures daily.

Corrective action: flush drinking water fixtures daily for the next 24 months

Mackenzie King Public School

Water testing results showed one drinking fountain was impacted.

Fixture Number: MCK-14; drinking fountain (corridor by the main office, fix reference #802)
Test date: May 5, 2019
Standing result: 18.0 ug/L
Flushed result: <1.0 ug/L

Corrective action: Flush drinking water fixture daily for the next 24 months

Centennial Public School (Cambridge)

Water testing results showed one drinking fountain was impacted:

Fixture Number: CNC-13; drinking fountain (outside)
Test date: June 1, 2019
Standing result: 12.3 ug/L
Flushed result: 5.6 ug/L

Corrective action: permanently remove outside drinking water fixture CNC-13.

JF Carmichael Public School

Water testing results showed one drinking fountain was impacted:

Fixture Number: JFC-21; drinking fountain (corridor FR# 802, by boy’s washroom)
Test date: May 29, 2019
Standing result: 13.2 ug/L
Flushed result: 10.2 ug/L

Corrective Actions:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily;
  • Permanently render fixture JFC-21 unusable for drinking;
  • Take two sets of resamples from drinking water fixture JFC-21 where the initial samples were taken a minimum of seven days apart from each other but within 30 days of the initial sample.
Laurentian Public School

Water testing results showed one tap was impacted:

Fixture Number: LAU-05; tap (life skills room, FR#16)
Test date: May 31, 2019
Standing result: 29.3 ug/L
Flushed result:  3.2 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush the tap daily for the next 24 months
  • Assess the plumbing for removal and replacement of the tap and supply lines.
Rockway Public School

Water testing results showed one drinking fixture was impacted:

Fixture Number: ROC-06; drinking fountain (outside)
Test date: June 4, 2019
Standing result: 35.8 ug/L
Flushed result:  4.0 ug/L

Corrective action:

  • Flush the drinking fountain daily for the next 24 months
  • Assess the plumbing for removal and replacement of the drinking fountain
Trillium Public School

Water testing results showed one drinking fixture was impacted:

Fixture Number: CTRI-09; drinking fountain (outside)
Test date: June 1, 2019
Standing result: 12.3 ug/L
Flushed result:  5.6 ug/L

Corrective Action: permanently remove the outside drinking fountain.

St Jacobs Public School

Water testing results showed one drinking water fixture was impacted:

Fixture Number: STJ-02; drinking fountain (corridor FR# 801A, by the library)
Test date: June 1, 2019
Standing result: 6.8 ug/L
Flushed result:  18.8 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily;
  • Permanently render fixture STJ-02 unusable for drinking;
  • Take two sets of resamples from drinking water fixture STJ-02 where the initial samples were taken a minimum of seven days apart from each other but within 30 days of the initial sample.
Silverheights Public School

Water testing results showed two drinking fixtures were impacted:

Fixture Number: SIL-18; drinking fountain (kindergarten 12, FR#12)
Test date: May 30, 2019
Standing result: 10.4 ug/L
Flushed result:  5.2 ug/L

Fixture Number: SIL-19; drinking fountain (room 16, FR#16)
Test date: May 30, 2019
Standing result: 17.8 ug/L
Flushed result:  3.4 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush drinking fountains SIL-18 and SIL-19 daily.
  • Replace drinking fountain SIL-18  with a new one and resample.
  • Permanently remove drinking fountain SIL-19.
Wilson Avenue Public School

Water testing results showed one drinking water fixture was impacted:

Fixture Number: WLS-18; drinking fountain (outside)
Test date: June 5, 2019
Standing result: 34.4 ug/L
Flushed result:  9.7 ug/L

Corrective Actions:

  • Flush drinking fountain WLS-18 daily.
  • Replace drinking fountain WLS-18 with a new one and resample.
Brigadoon Public School

Water testing results showed one drinking water fixture was impacted:

Fixture Number: BGD-04; drinking fountain (room FR# 14)
Test date: May 31, 2019
Standing result: 6.6 ug/L
Flushed result: 145 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily;
  • Permanently render fixture BGD-04 unusable for drinking;
  • Take two sets of resamples from drinking water fixture BGD-04 where the initial samples were taken a minimum of seven days apart from each other but within 30 days of the initial sample.
Elizabeth Ziegler Public School

Water testing results showed one drinking water fixture was impacted:

Fixture Number: ELZ-12; drinking fountain (corridor FR#810)
Test date: June 4, 2019
Standing result: 10.1 ug/L
Flushed result:  1.6 ug/L

Corrective actions:

Flush drinking fixture ELZ-12 daily for the next 24 months

Grandview Public School (New Hamburg)

Water testing results showed one drinking water fixture was impacted:

Fixture Number: GVN-01; tap (kitchen, FR#35)
Test date: May 31, 2019
Standing result: 13.0 ug/L
Flushed result:  3.6 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush drinking fixture GVN-01 daily for the remainder of the school year;
  • Assess the plumbing for removal and replacement of the tap and supply lines during the summer break.
Ayr Public School

Water testing results showed one drinking fountain was impacted:

Fixture Number: AYR-10; drinking fountain (corridor. FR# 821)
Test date: June 22, 2019
Standing result: 14.3 ug/L
Flushed result: 1.0 ug/L

Corrective actions: Flush drinking fixture AYR-10 daily for the next 24 month.

Baden Public School

Water testing results showed that one drinking fixture was impacted:

Fixture Number: BND-12; drinking fountain (corridor by room 121, FR#806)
Test date: June 8, 2019
Standing result: 15.5 ug/L
Flushed result: 6.3 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush drinking fixture BND-12 daily for the next 24 month;
  • Assess the plumbing for removal and replacement of the drinking fountain and supply lines.
Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute

Water testing results showed one drinking fixture was impacted:

Fixture Number: CHC-46; tap (FR# B414, Family Studies)
Test date: June 14, 2019
Standing result: 11.9 ug/L
Flushed result: 2.3 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush drinking fixture CHC-46 daily for the next 24 month.
  • Assess the plumbing for removal and replacement.
Empire Public School

Water testing results showed one drinking fixture was impacted:

Fixture Number: EMP-13; tap (FR# 16, workroom)
Test date: June 21, 2019
Standing result: 19.8 ug/L
Flushed result: 5.7 ug/L

Corrective action:

  • Flush tap EMP-13 daily for the next 24 months.
  • Replace tap with a new one and resample.
Glencairn Public School

Water testing results showed that four fixtures were impacted:

Fixture Number: GCP-03; drinking fountain (corridor FR#801, by JK/SK rooms)
Test date: August 14, 2019
Standing result: 21.9 ug/L
Flushed result: 1.3 ug/L

Fixture Number: GCP-07; drinking fountain (corridor FR#803, by room B5)
Test date: August 14, 2019
Standing result: 17.5 ug/L
Flushed result: 3.3 ug/L

Fixture Number: GCP-18; drinking fountain (corridor FR#802, by washrooms)
Test date: August 14, 2019
Standing result: 134.0 ug/L
Flushed result: 34.4 ug/L

Fixture Number: GCP-19; bottle filler (corridor FR#802, by washrooms)
Test date: August 15, 2019
Standing result: 32.5 ug/L
Flushed result: 23.8 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily for the next 24 months;
  • Permanently render fixture GCP-18 & GCP-19 (hydration station) unusable for drinking;
  • Take two sets of re-samples from drinking water fixtures GCP-18 & GCP-19 where the initial samples were taken a minimum of seven days apart from each other but within 30 days of the initial sample.
Howard Robertson Public School

Water testing results showed that four drinking fixtures were impacted:

Fixture Number: HOW-20; drinking fountain (outside)
Test date: July 24, 2019
Standing result: 22.1 ug/L
Flushed result: 8.0 ug/L

Fixture Number: HOW-21; drinking fountain (outside)
Test date: July 25, 2019
Standing result: 11.0 ug/L
Flushed result: 2.9 ug/L

Fixture Number: HOW-22, drinking fountain (corridor FR#803, by room #23)
Test date: July 24, 2019
Standing result: 29.3 ug/L
Flushed result: 8.7 ug/L

Fixture Number: HOW-23, bottle filler (corridor FR#803, by room #23)
Test date: July 25, 2019
Standing result: 8.0 ug/L
Flushed result: 14.0 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily for the next 24 months
Jacob Hespeler Secondary School

Re-samples were taken on a previously impacted fixture:

Fixture Number: JHS-29; tap (FR# E202, Family Studies)
Test date: August 8, 2019
Standing result: 37.0 ug/L
Flushed result: 14.7 ug/L

Fixture Number: JHS-29R1
Test date: August 23, 2019
Standing result: 25.6 ug/L
Flushed result: 5.2 ug/L

Fixture Number: JHS-29R2
Test date: August 30, 2019
Standing result: 44.6 ug/L
Flushed result: 12.4 ug/L

Corrective Actions:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily;
  • Permanently render fixture JHS-29 unusable for drinking (cold water is shut off, hot water is still running);
  • Coldwater piping underneath will be replaced as soon as possible and re-sampling will be completed

 

Water testing results showed that two drinking fixtures were impacted:

Fixture Number: JHS-29; tap (FR# E202, Family Studies)
Test date: June 15, 2019
Standing result: 10.7 ug/L
Flushed result: 5.5 ug/L

Fixture Number: JHS-32; tap (FR# E202, Family Studies)
Test date: June 14, 2019
Standing result: 10.8 ug/L
Flushed result: 1.5 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush the impacted fixtures daily for the next 24 months
  • Replaced tap and resample
  • The fixture is rendered unusable until two result samples that meet provincial standards are received.
Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute

Water testing results showed that one drinking fixture was impacted:

Fixture Number: KCI-09; tap (FR# 106, kitchen)
Test date: June 11, 2019
Standing result: 13.3 ug/L
Flushed result: 2.9 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush the impacted fixture daily for the next 24 month.

 

MacGregor Public School

Water testing results showed two fixtures were impacted:

Fixture Number: MCG-13; drinking fountain (corridor by the gym, FR#817)
Test date: July 31, 2019
Standing result: 4.1 ug/L
Flushed result: 11.8 ug/L

Fixture Number: MCG-14; bottle filler (corridor by the gym, FR#817)
Test date: August 1, 2019
Standing result: 7.2 ug/L
Flushed result: 10.2 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush ALL drinking fixtures daily for the next 24 months
NA MacEachern Public School

Water testing results showed that one fixture was impacted:

Fixture Number: NAM-12; drinking fountain (workroom, FR# 51)
Test date: August 10, 2019
Standing result: 15.4 ug/L
Flushed result: 1.8 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • The fixture was replaced
  • Resamples were taken and passed provincial standard
Preston High School

Water testing results showed that two fixtures were impacted:

Fixture Number: PHS-05; drinking fountain (FR# 103,Aerobics/Dance Studio)
Test date: June 14, 2019
Standing result: 10.5 ug/L
Flushed result: 2.9 ug/L

Fixture Number: PHS-26; tap (FR# 223, Family Studies)
Test date: June 12, 2019
Standing result: 29.6 ug/L
Flushed result: 1.2 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush the impacted fixtures daily for the next 24 months
Preston Public School

Water testing results showed that two fixtures were impacted:

Fixture Number: PRE-09; drinking fountain (change room FR#130)
Test date: August 28, 2019
Standing result: 21.3 ug/L
Flushed result: <1.0 ug/L

Fixture Number: PRE-10; drinking fountain (change room FR#134)
Test date: August 28, 2019
Standing result: 10.8 ug/L
Flushed result: <1.0 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush impacted fixtures daily for the next 24 months
Southridge Public School

Water testing results showed that one fixture was impacted:

Fixture Number: SRG-22; bottle filler (corridor, FR#103)
Test date: August 1, 2019
Standing result: 12.6 ug/L
Flushed result: 2.5 ug/L

Corrective Actions:

  • Flush the impacted fixture daily for the next 24 months
Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School

Water testing results showed that two fixtures were impacted:

Fixture Number: WOD-03; drinking fountain (corridor, FR#813)
Test date: June 15, 2019
Standing result: 2.6 ug/L
Flushed result: 36.1 ug/L

Fixture Number: WOD-37; bottle filler (corridor, FR#813)
Test date: August 23, 2019
Standing result: 21.1 ug/L
Flushed result: 20.2 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily;
  • Permanently render both fixtures unusable for drinking;
  • Take two sets of resamples from the impacted fixtures where the initial samples were taken a minimum of seven days apart from each other but within 30 days of the initial sample.
John Darling Public School

Water testing results showed that five water fixtures were impacted:

Fixture Number: JDP-14; tap (tuck shop, FR#28)
Test date: August 2, 2019
Standing result: 23.3 ug/L
Flushed result: 5.5 ug/L

Fixture Number: JDP-15; drinking fountain (outside)
Test date: August 1, 2019
Standing result: 56.0 ug/L
Flushed result: 14.9 ug/L

Fixture Number: JDP-16; drinking fountain (outside)
Test date: August 2, 2019
Standing result: 21.7 ug/L
Flushed result: 3.9 ug/L

Fixture Number: JDP-21; drinking fountain (corridor, FR#813)
Test date: August 1, 2019
Standing result: 86.0 ug/L
Flushed result: 14.0 ug/L

Fixture Number: JDP-16; bottle filler (corridor, FR#813)
Test date: August 2, 2019
Standing result: 153.0 ug/L
Flushed result: 254.0 ug/L

Corrective actions:

  • Replaced piping at the water meter
  • Replaced water meter and backflow preventer
  • Installed a filter on the water main
  • Flushed the main hydrant in front of the school
  • Continue to flush the lines in the school
  • Replace the pipe for the bottle filler and drinking fountain

Schools with lead exceedance (2018)

Queen Elizabeth Public School

Water testing results showed one drinking water fixture was impacted.

Fixture Code: QEL-11
Latest test date: February 28, 2018
Standing result: 11.7 ug/L
Flushed result: <1.0 ug/L
Corrective action: Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years

W.T. Townshend Public School

Water testing results showed one drinking water fixture was impacted.

Fixture Code: WTT-20 
Latest test date: March 5, 2018
Standing result: 13.6 ug/L
Flushed result: 1.3 ug/L
Corrective action: Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years

Alpine Public School

The lead level for one faucet (located in tuck shop, fix reference # 128) has exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: ALP-12
Test date: June 2, 2018
Standing result: 12.2 ug/L
Flushed result: 3.6 ug/L
Corrective action: Flush drinking water fixture daily

Sheppard Public School

The lead level for one drinking fountain (located on corridor by room 19, fix reference # 822) have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: SHE-10
Test date: June 2, 2018
Standing result: 15.9 ug/L
Flushed result: 1.0 ug/L
Corrective action: Flush drinking water fixture daily

Blair Road Public School

The lead level for one drinking fountain (located in corridor by kindergarten 2, fix reference # 804) have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: BLR-09
Test date: May 30, 2018
Standing result: 12.5 ug/L
Flushed result: 6.9 ug/L
Corrective action: Flush drinking water fixture daily

Driftwood Park Public School

The lead level for one drinking fountain (located in room 10, fix reference # 10) have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: DPK-05
Test date: June 2, 2018
Standing result: 10.9 ug/L
Flushed result: 3.6 ug/L
Corrective action: Flush drinking water fixture daily

Coronation Public School

The lead level for faucet – fixture number COR-13 (hall room 2, fix reference # 37) and bottle filler – fixture number COR-19 (corridor by room 16, fix reference # 806) have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: COR-13
Test date: May 31, 2018
Standing result: 4.9 ug/L
Flushed result: 11.9 ug/L

Fixture Number: COR-19
Test date: June 1, 2018
Standing result: 11.0 ug/L
Flushed result: 3.7 ug/L

Corrective action:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily
  • Permanently render fixture COR-13 unusable for drinking (is for handwashing only)
Westheights Public School

The lead level for the following fixtures have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L(micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: WSH-04 – drinking fountain (corridor by health room, fix reference #100)
Test date: June 2, 2018
Standing result: 16.8 ug/L
Flushed result: 14.3 ug/L

Fixture Number: WSH-06 drinking fountain / bubbler (work area 2, fix reference #2A)
Test date: June 2, 2018
Standing result: 14.9 ug/L
Flushed result: 5.5 ug/L

Fixture Number: WSH-11 drinking fountain / bubbler (work area 10, fix reference #10A)
Test date:June 5, 2018
Standing result: 61.6 ug/L
Flushed result: 17.5 ug/L

Fixture Number: WSH-14 hydration station bottle filler (corridor by gym, fix reference #103)
Test date: June 5, 2018
Standing result: 11.2 ug/L
Flushed result: 1.3 ug/L

Corrective action:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily;
  • Permanently render fixture WSH-04 and WSH-11 unusable for drinking (bagged them)

Next steps:
Carry out site-specific risk assessment activities including additional sampling. Replace and / or permanently remove all old drinking water fixtures (similar to ones that the results have exceed the standard) and sample the new fixtures.

Franklin Public School

The lead level for one faucet (special education room, fix reference #16) have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: FRA-10
Test date: June 12, 2018
Standing result: 4.5 ug/L
Flushed result: 77.9 ug/L
Corrective action:

  • Permanently render fixture FRA-10 unusable for drinking (bagged it);
  • Replace old drinking water fixture and sample the new one.
Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate & Vocational School

The lead level for one drinking fountain (change room) have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: KCI-05
Test date: June 15, 2018
Standing result: 12.5 ug/L
Flushed result: 10.3 ug/L

Corrective action:

  • Permanently render fixture KCI-05 unusable for drinking (bagged it);
  • Replace old drinking water fixture and sample the new one.
Preston High School

The lead level for one drinking fountain (corridor, fix reference #805) have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: PHS-10
Test date: June 15, 2018
Standing result: 8.8 ug/L
Flushed result: 15.0 ug/L

Corrective action:

  • Permanently render fixture KCI-05 unusable for drinking (bagged it);
  • Permanently remove the drinking fountain fixture.
Manchester Public School

The lead level for one drinking fountain (corridor, fix reference #802) have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: MAN-05
Test date: June 15, 2018
Standing result: 11.6 ug/L
Flushed result: 9.8 ug/L
Corrective action: Flush drinking water fixture daily

Southwood Secondary School

The lead level for the following fixture have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: SSS-03 drinking fountain (corridor; fix reference # 813B)
Test date: June 22, 2018
Standing result: 2.6 ug/L
Flushed result: 10.3 ug/L

Fixture Number: SSS-12 drinking fountain (auto shop; fix reference # 124)
Test date: June 16, 2018
Standing result: 11.2 ug/L
Flushed result: 7.9 ug/L

Corrective action:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily;
  • Carry out site-specific risk assessment activities including additional sampling;
  • Replace drinking water fixtures and sample the new ones and / or permanently remove old drinking water fixtures.
Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School

The lead level for one drinking fountain (faucet in Tuck Shop, fix reference #401C) have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: WOD-16
Test date: August 3, 2018
Standing result: 8.4 ug/L
Flushed result: 26.6 ug/L
Corrective action:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixture daily;
  • Drinking fixture WOD-16 will not be used for drinking or food preparation.

Fixture Number: WOD-016
Test date: June 15, 2018
Standing result: 83.2 ug/L
Flushed result: 7.7 ug/L
Corrective action:

  • Flush drinking water fixture daily;
  • Remove and replace water faucet.
Mary Johnston Public School

The lead level for the following fixtures have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: MJP-07 drinking fountain / bubbler (workroom; fix reference # 620)
Test date: June 20, 2018
Standing result: 10.5 ug/L
Flushed result: 2.6 ug/L

Fixture Number: MJP-14 faucet (special education room A6; fix reference # A6)
Test date: June 16, 2018
Standing result: 496.5 ug/L
Flushed result: 266 ug/L

Corrective action:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily;
  • Permanently render fixture MJP-14 unusable for drinking (replace and use for handwashing only);
  • Carry out site-specific risk assessment activities including additional sampling;
  • Replace bubblers in room C10 and workrooms (MJP-06, MJP-07 and MJP-08);
  • Permanently remove drinking fountain MJP-03 and replace drinking fountain MJP-12 with a hydration station.
Grand River Collegiate Institute

The lead level for one drinking fountain (corridor T/Tech wing, fix reference #T-1) have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: GRC-26
Test date: June 20, 2018
Standing result: 25.5 ug/L
Flushed result: 1.9 ug/L
Corrective action: Flush drinking water fixture daily

Cedarbae Public School

The lead level for one drinking fountain (corridor by classroom 63, fix reference #808) have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: CED-04
Test date: June 19, 2018
Standing result: 16.6 ug/L
Flushed result: 7.6 ug/L
Corrective action: Flush drinking water fixture daily

Sunnyside Public School

The lead level for one bottle filler (corridor, fix reference #823) has exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: SUN-20
Test date: August 25, 2018
Standing result: 10.4 ug/L
Flushed result: 1.3 ug/L
Corrective action:

  • Flush drinking water fixture SUN-20 daily.

The lead level for one drinking fountain (corridor by classroom 12, fix reference #823) have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: SUN-12
Test date: June 16, 2018
Standing result: 10.8 ug/L
Flushed result: 5.4 ug/L
Corrective action: Flush drinking water fixture daily

Central Public School

The lead level for one drinking fountain (classroom 13, fix reference #13) have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: CRT-01
Test date: June 16, 2018
Standing result: 14.3 ug/L
Flushed result: 10.6 ug/L
Corrective action:

  • Flush drinking water fixtures daily;
  • Permanently render fixture CRT-01 unusable for drinking (bagged).
Hespeler Public School

Water testing results show that one drinking water fixture was impacted.

Fixture Code: HES-16
Test date: July 26, 2018
Standing result: 16.0 ug/L
Flushed result: 7.1 ug/L
Corrective action: flush drinking water fixture daily

King Edward Public School

The lead level for the following fixtures have exceeded the provincial drinking water standard of 10 ug/L (micrograms per litre).

Fixture Number: KED-24 drinking fountain (hydration station, corridor fix reference # 801)
Test date: August 24, 2018
Standing result: 26.2 ug/L
Flushed result: 10.3 ug/L

Fixture Number: KED-25 bottle filler (hydration station, corridor fix reference # 801)
Test date: August 25, 2018
Standing result: 23.2 ug/L
Flushed result: 11.2 ug/L

Fixture Number: KED-26 drinking fountain (hydration station, corridor fix reference # 821)
Test date: August 24, 2018
Standing result: 17.6 ug/L
Flushed result: <1.0 ug/L

Corrective action:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily;
  • Permanently render fixture KED-24/25 (hydration station) unusable for drinking;
  • Take two sets of resamples from drinking water fixture KED-24/25 where the initial samples were taken a minimum of seven days apart from each other but within 30 days of the initial sample.
Glencairn Public School

Water testing showed three drinking fixtures were impacted

Fixture Number: GCP-01 drinking fountain / bubbler (workroom fix reference #9)
Test date: September 5, 2018
Standing result: 50.3 ug/L
Flushed result: 4.6 ug/L

Fixture Number:  GCP-04 drinking fountain / bubbler (kindergarten A3 fix reference #A3)
Test date: September 6, 2018
Standing result: 49.7 ug/L
Flushed result: 10.8 ug/L

Fixture Number:  GCP-05 drinking fountain / bubbler (wokroom fix reference #14)
Test date: September 5, 2018
Standing result: 16.2 ug/L
Flushed result: 2.3 ug/L

Corrective action:

  • Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily;
  • Render fixture GCP-04 inaccessible for drinking until the issue is resolved;
  • Take two sets of re-sample from drinking water fixture GCP-04 where the initial sample was taken a minimum of seven days apart from each other but within 30 days of the initial sample.
Bluevale Collegaite Institute

Water testing showed two drinking fixtures were impacted

Fixture Number: BCI-45; drinking fountain /hydration station (corridor fix reference # 809)
Test date: September 22, 2018
Standing result: 16.3 ug/L
Flushed result: 2.4 ug/L

Fixture Number: BCI-46; bottle filler /hydration station (corridor fix reference # 809)
Test date: September 25, 2018
Standing result: 23.3 ug/L
Flushed result: 5.2 ug/L

Corrective action:  Flush drinking water fixtures daily for the next 24 months.

Elmira District Secondary School

Water testing results showed one drinking water fixture was impacted.

Fixture Number: EDS-28; drinking fountain (corridor by spec ed; fix reference # 821)
Test date: December 14, 2018
Standing result: 58.9 ug/L
Flushed result: 17.4 ug/L

Corrective action: Flush ALL drinking water fixtures daily. Permanently remove drinking fountain EDS-28.

Sir John A Macdonald Secondary School

Water testing results showed one drinking water fixture was impacted.

Fixture Number: JAM-25; tap (House 8; fix reference # 3600)
Test date: December 11, 2018
Standing result: 12.8 ug/L
Flushed result:  <1.0 ug/L

Corrective action: Flush drinking water fixtures daily.

Schools with lead exceedance (2017)

Alpine Public School

Six drinking water fixtures were tested, three impacted fixtures.

Fixture Code: ALP-06
Latest test date: October 21, 2017
Standing result: 2.1 ug/L
Flushed result 14.5 ug/L
Corrective action:
Carried out site-specific plumbing assessment.
Replaced the drinking water fixture and sample the new one.

Fixture Code ALP-07
Latest test date: October 24, 2017
Standing result: 17.3 µg/L
Flushed result: 23.2 µg/L
Corrective action:
Carried out site-specific plumbing assessment.
Replaced the drinking water fixture and sample the new one.

Fixture Code: ALP-07
Latest test date: November 18, 2017
Standing result: 14.9 µg/L
Flushed result: 7.8 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.

Breslau Public School

Five drinking water fixtures were tested, one impacted fixture.

Fixture Code – Removed
Latest test date: June 24, 2017
Standing result: 10.3µg/L
Flushed result: 7.1 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Impacted drinking fountain permanently removed.

Crestview Public School

Five drinking water fixtures were tested, one impacted fixture.

Fixture Code CRE-12
Latest test date: June 24, 2017
Standing result: 12.3 µg/L
Flushed result: 6.9 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.

Elmira District Secondary School

One drinking water fixture tested, one impacted fixture.

Fixture Code: EDS-15
Latest test date: June 17, 2017
Standing result: 18.8 µg/L
Flushed result: 5.4 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.

Hillcrest Public School

Seven drinking water fixtures were tested, three impacted fixtures.

Fixture Code: HIL-01
Latest test date: June 14, 2017
Standing result: 15.3 µg/L
Flushed result: 14.2 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Replaced the drinking water fixture and sampled the new one.

Fixture Code: HIL-01
Latest test date: August 18, 2017
Standing result: 60.3 µg/L
Flushed result: 28.4 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Carried out site-specific plumbing assessment activities.
Permanently removed the drinking water fixture.

Fixture Code: HIL-05
Latest test date: August 24, 2017
Standing result: 30.8 µg/L
Flushed result: 5.6 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Drinking fountain bubbler permanently removed.

J.F. Carmichael Public School

Six drinking water fixtures were tested, two impacted fixtures.

Fixture Code: JFC-18
Latest test date: June 20, 2017
Standing result: 49.0 µg/L
Flushed result: 14.8 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Replaced the drinking water fixture and sampled the new one.

Fixture Code: JFC-18
Latest test date: August 9, 2017
Standing result: 60.2 µg/L
Flushed result: 5.2 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.

King Edward Public School

Five drinking water fixtures were tested, two impacted fixtures.

Fixture: KED-16
Latest test date: June 23, 2017
Standing result: 10.3 µg/L
Flushed result: 5.4 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.

Fixture: KED-01
Latest test date: June 23, 2017
Standing result: 11.3 µg/L
Flushed result: 5.2 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.

Margaret Avenue Public School

One drinking water fixture was tested, one impacted fixture.

Fixture Code: Removed
Latest test date: June 16, 2017
Standing result: 15.2 µg/L
Flushed result: 5.8 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Drinking fixture has been permanently removed.

Mary Johnston Public School

Five drinking water fixtures were tested, one impacted fixture.

Fixture Code: MJP-06
Latest test date: June 24, 207
Standing result: 14.4 µg/L
Flushed result: 4.5 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.

Meadowlane Public School

Five drinking water fixtures were tested, two impacted fixtures.

Fixture Code: MEA-11
Latest test date: June 13, 2017
Standing result: 12.6 µg/L
Flushed result: 4.3 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.

Fixture: MEA-01
Latest test date: June 14, 2017
Standing result: 3.5 µg/L
Flushed result: 10.1 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Carried out two additional samples from impacted fixture, a minimum of seven days apart from each other and within 30 days of initial sample. All passed.

Parkway Public School

Eleven drinking water fixtures were tested, four impacted fixtures.

Fixture Code: Removed
Latest test date: June 12, 2017
Standing result: 284.0 µg/L
Flushed result: 68.5 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Carried out site-specific plumbing assessment activities.
Permanently removed the drinking water fixture.

Fixture Code: PKW-04
Latest test date: June 13, 2017
Standing result: 42.2µg/L
Flushed result: 7.2 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Carried out site-specific plumbing assessment activities.

Fixture Code: PKW-06
Latest test date: June 14, 2017
Standing result: 22.1 µg/L
Flushed result: 5.8 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Carried out site-specific plumbing assessment activities.
Replaced drinking fixture with hydration station. Resampled. All passed.

Fixture Code: Removed
Latest test date: June 14, 2017
Standing result: 17.3 µg/L
Flushed result: 5.9 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Drinking fixture permanently removed.
Carried out site-specific plumbing assessment activities.

Pioneer Park Public School

Five drinking water fixtures were tested, one impacted fixture.

Fixture Code: PIO-05
Latest test date: June 22, 2017
Standing result: 11.4 µg/L
Flushed result: 3.6 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.

Prueter Public School

Four drinking water fixtures were tested, one impacted fixture.

Fixture Code: PRU-08
Latest test date: June 22, 2017
Standing result: 15.5 µg/L
Flushed result: 7.3 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.

Rockway Public School

Three drinking water fixtures were tested, one impacted fixture.

Fixture Code: ROC-05
Latest test date: November 18, 2017
Standing result: 50.2 µg/L
Flushed result: 4.1 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.

Rosemount Public School

Three drinking water fixtures were tested, two impacted fixtures.

Fixture Code: RMT-06
Latest test date: June 15, 2017
Standing result: 17.6 µg/L
Flushed result: <1.0 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.

Fixture Code: Removed
Latest test date: June 15, 2017
Standing result: 38.2 µg/L
Flushed result: 18.6 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Drinking fixture permanently removed.

Sandowne Public School

Five drinking water fixtures were tested, one impacted fixture.

Fixture Code: SND-08
Latest test date: June 24, 2017
Standing result: 13.0 µg/L
Flushed result: 6.5 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.

Smithson Public School

Twelve drinking water fixtures were tested, five impacted fixtures.

Fixture Code: SMI-01
Latest test date: June 15, 2017
Standing result: 13.6 µg/L
Flushed result: 8.5 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Carried out site specific plumbing assessment activities.
Replaced drinking fixture. Sampled for lead. Passed.

Fixture Code: Removed
Latest test date: June 15, 2017
Standing result: 10.3 µg/L
Flushed result: 7.4 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Carried out site specific plumbing assessment activities.
Drinking fixture permanently removed.

Fixture Code: SMI-10
Latest test date: June 15, 2017
Standing result: 12.0 µg/L
Flushed result: 10.7 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Carried out site specific plumbing assessment activities.
Original fixture removed. Replaced with hydration station. Sampled for lead. Passed.

Fixture Code: SMI-06
Latest test date: August 19, 2017
Standing result: 17.0 µg/L
Flushed result: 20.8 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Carried out site specific plumbing assessment activities.
Carried out two additional samples from impacted fixture, a minimum of seven days apart from each other and within 30 days of initial sample. All passed.

Fixture Code: SMI-06
Latest test date: August 23, 2017
Standing result: 23.6 µg/L
Flushed result: <1.0 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.
Carried out site specific plumbing assessment activities.

Stewart Avenue Public School

Five drinking water fixtures were tested, one impacted fixture..

Fixture Code: STW-16
Latest test date: June 27, 2017
Standing result: 12.4 µg/L
Flushed result: 8.0 µg/L
Corrective action:
Flush all drinking water fixtures daily for the next two years.

Further information

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