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Lead Monitoring

Is there lead in your tap water? Find out for free.

The Region of Durham Works Department is looking for participants, from both residential and non-residential sectors throughout the Region, to allow water samples to be taken from their internal plumbing, as part the Region's Lead Monitoring Program.

Participants in this program will have their home or business visited by Regional staff, at pre-arranged times, to take water samples from their drinking water tap. The sampling will be scheduled between June 15 and October 15, 2010. The samples will be analyzed for lead and participants will receive a copy of the results. There is no charge for this service.

  • Volunteers are needed from Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, Whitby and Courtice.

To become a part of the program you must:

  • Have a house, industrial, commercial or institutional facility, constructed prior to 1990.
  • Be on the municipal water supply system. The main water tap, used for drinking and cooking purposes, must not be exposed to treatment devices such as a water softener or filtering device, unless they can be bypassed.
  • Be able to go 30 to 35 minutes without using any water from the plumbing while Regional staff take samples.

To participate in the program, or for more information, contact the lead sampling group at 905-668-7711 ext. 2059. Please be prepared to provide: name, contact information, address, age of building, type of plumbing and any treatment devices being used. A limited number of participants will be chosen to take part in this program.

The Region of Durham is committed to protecting the environment and providing clean, safe drinking water. The Region's municipal water supply system adheres to provincial standards, and all municipal water is tested routinely to ensure the water is of high quality.