Under Ontario Regulation 243/07 entitled "Schools, Private Schools and Child Care Centres" enacted under the Safe Drinking Water Act 2002, all school boards are required to test each school's water annually to monitor lead levels. Approximately 800 drinking water fountain and taps throughout the school board were tested in 2017. Acceptable lead levels, as provincially mandated, are to be less than 10 parts per billion or 10 ug/L and a vast majority of the drinking water in our schools fall within this threshold without the need for any corrective measures.
The Board is committed to maintaining schools as safe, quality learning and teaching environments. The Board has been and continues to be diligent in its adherence to the legislation and follows strict protocols when a drinking water test fails to meet the mandated threshold.
The protocols are outlined in Ontario Regulation 243/07 of the Safe Drinking Water Act and include the following steps that must be completed when lead levels exceed provincially mandated limits (an exceedance is identified). This includes:
- Immediately notifying the Medical Officer of Health, the Ministry's Spills Action Centre, and the Ministry of Education
- Taking corrective actions to ensure the issue is resolved by the requirements of the Regulation and/or as directed by the Medical Officer of Health
- Once the corrective actions are complete, notify the Medical Officer of Health, the Ministry's Spills Action Centre and the Ministry of Education.
For your information, there was at least one exceedance found at your school during the 2017 testing resulting in a corrective action approved by the Medical Officer of Health. A more detailed explanation of the processes the GECDSB has in place to ensure compliance with the legislated requirement, along with the location of the testing and corrective actions taken can be found through the following link: Massey 2017 Results and Process.docx