Safe Drinking Water
Under Regulation 243/07 (Schools, Private Schools and Child Care Centres) enacted under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) requires all schools and child care centres to flush plumbing and annually test drinking water for lead.
On July 1, 2017, amendments were made to the regulation to include testing of all drinking water fountains and taps used to provide drinking water and/or prepare food or drink for children under 18 years of age by 2020 in elementary schools and child care centres and 2022 in secondary schools.
The York Catholic District School Board abides by the current regulation for compliance with the drinking water standard for lead.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the Ontario government require child care centres and schools to test drinking water for lead?
What is the drinking water quality standard for lead in Ontario?
What are the requirements for sampling drinking water for lead?
How can I find out the lead test results for my child’s school or child care centre?
What happens if a child care centre or school finds it has a lead exceedance in its drinking water above the standard for lead?
Are all water fixtures in the school tested?
Why are child care centres and schools required to flush their plumbing?
How are people exposed to lead?
How does lead get into drinking water?
How can I get the water in my home tested for lead?
- Fact Sheet for Parents
- Information for Teachers and Early Childhood Educators
- Flushing and Sampling for Lead in Drinking Water in YCDSB Schools
- Questions and Answers about Lead in Drinking Water
- Ontario Regulation 243/07
- Guide for schools, private schools and child care centres on flushing and testing for lead
- Health Canada