December 20, 2019 – Today the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks will refresh the Data Catalogue to include 2018-2019 drinking water data for facilities regulated under Ontario Regulation 243/07: Schools, Private Schools and Child Care Centres.
Data included in this release of information identifies the following schools within the Near North District School Board as having a flushed lead test result that had exceeded Ontario’s drinking water quality standard for lead (10 micrograms per litre) “at one point in time” during the period of April 2018-March 2019:
· Chippewa; and
· Parry Sound High School
When any exceedances are identified, facilities must take immediate action to correct. Given immediate corrective action is always taken by staff, we are pleased to report that the Near North District School Board is 100% in compliance with legislation and does not have any schools and facilities exceeding any limits at this point in time.
With the new legislation that was introduced July 1, 2017- Boards are required to test every drinking water fixture that provides water to children in school and childcares over a three-year period for elementary schools and a four-year period to secondary schools. All such drinking water fixtures for elementary have been 100% tested. Given secondary schools have a four-year time frame for such testing there only remains three faucets to be tested at the secondary panel.