Safe Drinking Water

Ontario Regulation 243/07 Schools, Private School and Day Nurseries mandates provincial school boards to complete an annual process that samples drinking water for lead. To complete this process, school boards must take both a standing sample and flushed sample of drinking water.

Standing sample: the water in the building had not flowed for six hours or more.

Flushed sample: the faucet is flushed for at least 5 minutes, turned off and left unused for 30 minutes. At the end of the 30 minutes, a second one-litre sample is taken. Results are a representation of the lead content in the drinking water after the required water flushing is conducted at the school.

As of July 1, 2017, the regulation was amended to require additional testing of drinking water sources in schools. Water tests are conducted by a third party vendor and take place on a cycled schedule as stipulated by the regulation.

The acceptable limit for lead in drinking water has always been 10 parts per billion (ppb). Upon testing, exceedances of lead levels in drinking water are resolved immediately in accordance with the legislation employing the following corrective actions:

For standing water samples greater than 10 ppb
  • Daily flushing is implemented
For flushed water samples greater than 10 ppb
  • York Region Public Health provides direction on corrective action
  • The source becomes inaccessible until resolution
  • Users are notified not to drink from the source
  • Daily flushing implemented
  • Resampling (two sets) a minimum of 7 days apart

Where corrective actions are ineffective, increased flushing or replacement of the fixture may be necessary until samples show acceptable levels.

York Catholic students, staff and families can rest assured that the Board continues to follow all requirements related to water safety in our buildings and immediately takes corrective action where it is necessary. The safety and well-being of our York Catholic community is of utmost importance which includes ensuring the provision of quality drinking water in schools and workplaces.

School 2020 Results
Standing Sample
(Exceedance >10 ppb)
2020 Results
Flushed Sample
(Exceedance >10 ppb)
Corrective Action
BF
Bottle Filler
BFF
Bottle Filling Fountain
DF
Drinking Fountain
All Saints CES Passed Passed
Blessed Scalabrini CES Passed Passed
Blessed Trinity CES Passed Passed
Canadian Martyrs CES Failed (2)

Fixture #1: BF near Rm. 107

Result: 16.6 ppb

Fixture #2: Staff Room Tap

Result: 11.7 ppb

Passed Flush fixtures daily for 5 minutes
Cardinal Carter CHS Passed Passed
Christ the King CES Passed Passed
Corpus Christi CES Passed Passed
Divine Mercy CES Passed Passed
Father Bressani CHS Failed

Fixture: DF near Rm. 124

Result: 24.9 ppb

Failed

Fixture: Tap in Rm. 119

Result: 19.7 ppb

Flush fixtures daily for 5 minutes, two consecutive resamples below 10 ppb, fixture reinstated
Father Frederick McGinn CES Passed Passed
Father Henri Nouwen CES Passed Passed
Father John Kelly CES Passed Passed
Father Michael McGivney CA Passed Passed
Good Shepherd CES Passed Passed
Guardian Angels CES Passed Passed
Holy Cross CA Passed Passed
Holy Jubilee CES Failed

Fixture: Tap in Rm. 156

Result: 30.4 ppb

Passed Flush fixture daily for 5 minutes
Holy Name CES Passed Passed
Holy Spirit CES Passed Passed
Immaculate Conception CES Failed

Fixture: Staff Room Tap

Result: 22.4 ppb

Passed Flush fixture daily for 5 minutes
Light of Christ CES Passed Passed
Notre Dame CES Failed

Fixture: Tall Tap in Rm. 140

Result: 14.2 ppb

Failed

Fixture: Tall Tap in Rm. 140

Result: 52.6 ppb

Flush fixture daily for 5 minutes, two consecutive resamples below 10 ppb, fixture reinstated
Our Lady Help of Christians CES Passed Passed
Our Lady of Fatima CES Passed Passed
Our Lady of Good Counsel CES Passed Passed
Our Lady of Grace CES Failed

Fixture: Servery Tap

Result: 29.9 ppb

Failed

Fixture: Servery Tap

Result: 21.9 ppb

Flush fixture daily for 5 minutes, two consecutive resamples below 10 ppb, fixture reinstated
Our Lady of Hope CES Passed Passed
Our Lady of the Annunciation CES Passed Passed
Our Lady of the Lake CA Passed Passed
Our Lady of the Rosary CES Passed Passed
Our Lady Queen of the World CA Passed Passed
Pope Francis CES Passed Passed
Prince of Peace CES Passed Passed
Sacred Heart CHS Passed Passed
San Lorenzo Ruiz CES Passed Passed
San Marco CES Passed Passed
Sir Richard W. Scott CES Passed Passed
St. Agnes of Assisi CES Passed Passed
St. Andrew CES Passed Passed
St. Angela Merici CES Passed Passed
St. Anne CES Passed Passed
St. Anthony CES Passed Passed
St. Augustine CHS Failed

Fixture: Cafeteria Tap

Result: 76.7 ppb

Passed Flush fixture daily for 5 minutes
St. Benedict CES Passed Passed
St. Bernadette CES Passed Passed
St. Brendan CES Passed Passed
St. Brigid CES Passed Passed
St. Brother Andre CHS Failed

Fixture: DF near Rm. 101

Result: 14.2 ppb

Passed Fixture taken out of service due to exceedance in previous years.
St. Catherine of Siena CES Passed Passed
St. Cecilia CES Passed Passed
St. Charles Garnier CES Passed Passed
St. Clare CES Passed Passed
St. Clement CES Passed Passed
St. David CES Passed Passed
St. Edward CES Passed Passed
St. Elizabeth CHS Passed Passed
St. Elizabeth Seton CES Failed

Fixture: Tap in Rm. 5

Result: 12.2 ppb

Passed Flush fixture daily for 5 minutes
St. Emily CES Passed Passed
St. Francis Xavier CES Failed

Fixture: Servery Tap

Result: 68.3 ppb

Passed Flush fixture daily for 5 minutes
St. Gabriel the Archangel CES Passed Passed
St. Gregory the Great CA Passed Passed
St. James CES Passed Passed
St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS Passed Passed
St. Jerome CES Failed

Fixture: Servery Tap

Result: 118 ppb

Passed Flush fixture daily for 5 minutes
St. Joan of Arc CHS Passed Passed
St. John Bosco CES Passed Passed
St. John Chrysostom CES Failed

Fixture: Servery Tap

Result: 14.3 ppb

Passed Flush fixture daily for 5 minutes
St. John Paul II CES Passed Passed
St. John XXIII CES Failed

Fixture: DF near Rm. 14

Result: 19.9 ppb

Passed Flush fixture daily for 5 minutes
St. Joseph (Aurora) CES Passed Passed
St. Joseph (Markham) CES Passed Passed
St. Joseph (Richmond Hill) CES Passed Passed
St. Joseph the Worker CES Passed Passed
St. Julia Billiart CES Passed Passed
St. Justin Martyr CES Passed Passed
St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES Passed Passed
St. Luke CLC / Our Lady of Peace CLC Failed (3)

Fixture #1: BF near Staff Room

Result: 12.4 ppb

Fixture #2: BFF near Staff Room

Result: 22.3 ppb

Fixture #3: BF near Rm. 22

Result: 16.3 ppb

Passed Flush fixtures daily for 5 minutes
St. Margaret Mary CES Failed

Fixture: Tap in Rm. 5

Result: 13.8 ppb

Passed Flush fixture daily for 5 minute.
St. Marguerite d’Youville CES Passed Passed
St. Mark CES Failed

Fixture: Servery Tap

Result: 14.8 ppb

Passed Flush fixture daily for 5 minutes
St. Mary CES Passed Failed

Fixture: DF near Rm. 159

Result: 43.7 ppb

Flush fixture daily for 5 minutes, two consecutive resamples below 10 ppb, fixture reinstated
St. Mary Immaculate CES Passed Passed
St. Mary of the Angels CES Passed Passed
St. Matthew CES Passed Passed
St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS Passed Passed
St. Michael CA Passed Passed
St. Michael the Archangel CES Passed Passed
St. Monica CES Passed Passed
St. Nicholas CES Passed Passed
St. Padre Pio CES Passed Passed
St. Patrick (Markham) CES Passed Passed
St. Patrick (Schomberg) CES Passed Passed
St. Paul CES Passed Passed
St. Peter CES Passed Passed
St. Raphael the Archangel CES Passed Passed
St. Rene Goupil – St. Luke CES Failed

Fixture: Tall Tap in Rm. 103

Result: 60.6 ppb

Passed Flush tap daily for 5 minutes
St. Robert CHS Passed Passed
St. Stephen CES Passed Passed
St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS Failed

Fixture: Kitchen Tap

Result: 17.4 ppb

Passed Flush tap daily for 5 minutes
St. Thomas Aquinas CES Failed

Fixture: Tall Tap in Rm. 136

Result: 30.1 ppb

Failed

Fixture: Tall Tap in Rm. 136

Result: 23.8 ppb

Fixture taken out of service
St. Veronica CES Passed Passed