How to tell if your Main is Lead
In 2011, Toronto City Council approved the Lead in Drinking Water Mitigation Strategy, a multi-pronged approach aimed at protecting public health by reducing lead in drinking water. Components of the strategy include:
Homeowners in Toronto can submit a drinking water sample to be tested for lead levels free of charge at one of Toronto Water’s accredited labs. Find out where to pick up a lead testing kit and how it works.
The City of Toronto has enhanced its drinking water treatment process to add phosphate, which forms a protective coating inside all pipes. Learn more about the City’s Corrosion Control Plan.
Lead pipe replacement
Each year, the City aims to replace 5,000 substandard water services pipes through the programs listed below. Many of these pipes will be lead.
- Priority Lead Water Service Replacement Program: Residents that commit to replacing the private portion of a lead water service can apply to have the City replace its side on a priority basis.
- Capital Water Service Replacement Program: The City replaces substandard drinking water pipes during planned construction projects, such as road, sewer and watermain work.
- Emergency replacement: This occurs when the pipe that supplies water to a home is broken or has low flow.
Faucet Filter Program
Faucet filter distribution
The City provides a free faucet filter for lead removal to homeowners whenever the City-owned portion of a lead water service is replaced. Toronto Public Health also distributes free filters to participants of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program.
Faucet filter rebate
Residents that have lead pipes can apply for a rebate to help purchase an NSF-053 certified filter for lead removal and/or replacement cartridges if they meet all of the following criteria:
- There is child under six and/or a pregnant woman living in the home.
- The home is a single family, duplex or triplex building.
- The annual household income is less than $50,000.