District Says No Lead In Their Water Distribution System

Posted: 2019-11-08 13:33:29 By: hbr

The District would like to re-assure the community that the municipal drinking water systems in Muskoka are safe.

Marcus Firman, Director of Water and Wastewater Services at the District says that there are no lead pipes in its municipal water distribution system.

Firman says mandatory household sampling was conducted in 2007 and 2008 throughout Muskoka, and the results were such that Muskoka has been exempted from further household lead sampling.

However, the District cautions that lead can enter the water supply from old lead pipes, lead solder and some fittings and fixtures inside households. Lead solder was used for plumbing until 1990 when it was no longer permitted.

The Health Unit says schools and childcare centres are required to sample their water for lead annually. If a school drinking water test result comes back above the provincial standard for lead, the schools communicate these results to the local Medical Officer of Health to ensure corrective actions are carried out and the problem is resolved.