Should I be concerned about lead in my water?
There is no indication that unacceptable levels of lead are present in the water associated with the Town of Newmarket water distribution system. Newmarket tests for lead in the distribution system in accordance with provincial requirements. Lead testing is regulated and test results have consistently shown that the lead content within Town's water distribution system is well below the limit established by provincial legislation under O.Reg 169/03 - Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standards.
What is a safe/acceptable level of lead?
The provincial limit for lead in water is 0.01 mg/L, as outlined within O.Reg 169/03 - Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standards. Health Canada has proposed a Maximum Acceptable Concentration of 0.005 mg/L for lead. Lead sampling and testing results for the Town's water distribution system have consistently shown that lead content within the Town's water distribution system is well below both of the above specified limits and concentrations.
How do I know my water is safe to drink?
The Town of Newmarket takes every precaution to ensure safe drinking water. The Town performs routine water sampling and testing to ensure that the water we are providing to our residents, businesses and visitors complies with the established limits outlined within O.Reg 169/03 - Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standards. The frequency of these routine water sampling and testing events are governed by provincial legislation and regulation. The Town consistently meets or exceeds the required frequency for the routine water sampling and testing events governed by provincial legislation and regulation. These routine water sampling and testing events consist of bacteriological sampling, as well as lead sampling, to name a few.
I live in an old house and I think I have lead pipes, what should I do?
Lead pipes were banned for use on private property in 1975. If your home was built before 1975, and you suspect that it may have lead pipes, please contact the Town of Newmarket at 905-895-5193 to schedule a lead sample collection event at your place of residence. This sample will be collected, submitted and tested in accordance with sampling and testing protocols outlined within the governing provincial legislation and regulation. You will then be informed of the results of this lead sampling event in accordance with the reporting requirements outlined within the governing provincial legislation and regulation.
Who do I contact if I have a general question and/or concern about my water?
All drinking water related inquiries and concerns should be directed to the Town of Newmarket at 905-895-5193. If your concern is a health related issue contact York Region's Health Connections line at 1-800-361-5653.
Who do I contact to find out about lead and its health effects?
If you would like to find out about the health effects associated with lead, call York Region's Health Connections Line at 1-800-361-5653.