Dangerous levels of lead showing up in Ontario school and daycare drinking water: study – CTV

June 12, 2024

A new study by the Investigative Journalism Bureau at the University of Toronto is shining a light on a persistent issue in schools and daycares across Ontario — lead in the drinking water.

The study compiled publicly available data from approximately 100,000 tests for lead in Ontario public school drinking water between 2019 and 2023.

It found nearly half of the province’s 4,875 public schools logged at least one test result that exceeded Health Canada’s maximum safety guideline of 5 parts per billion (ppb).

“There is no safe level of lead according to the experts and yet, it appears in sometimes breathtaking numbers in schools and daycares across the province,” said Robert Cribb, the director of the Investigative Journalism Bureau.

“We look at the data every year and it never seems to get better. The lead remains there, and it continues to contaminate everything from drinking fountains to sinks across the province. Ottawa is one of the areas where there was a conspicuous number of high levels of exceedances in schools and daycares.”

Read more: https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/dangerous-levels-of-lead-showing-up-in-ontario-school-and-daycare-drinking-water-study-1.6922640

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