Volunteers Wanted for Lead Testing Program

Feb 22, 2016

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment passed a mandatory regulation in 2007 that requires municipalities to regularly sample potable water in homes and businesses for potential lead contamination.

The City of Greater Sudbury is seeking volunteers in Sudbury, Onaping and Levack to participate in its 2016 lead testing program. Property owners with homes or businesses constructed prior to 1960 are eligible to apply for testing for lead in their drinking water at no charge.

To register for the lead testing program please telephone 705-674-4455, ext. 3630 or register online at www.greatersudbury.ca/leadtesting.

Municipal workers conducting lead testing in the homes of volunteers possess accredited identification and will never attempt to sell, install or modify household plumbing. Residents who receive an unsolicited offer for lead testing from individuals claiming to represent the City of Greater Sudbury are asked to contact the Greater Sudbury Police.

Volunteers will be contacted twice annually, from December to April and June to October, to schedule an appointment for testing by a licensed water operator. Each appointment will require approximately one hour and direct access to a household tap. Volunteers will receive a written report of confidential test results.

The City of Greater Sudbury supplies drinking water that is safe and virtually free of lead content. Naturally occurring lead levels in municipal water are usually non-detectable (below 0.5 parts per billion) and are always well below the Health Canada maximum allowable limit of 10 parts per billion.

For more information, please dial 3-1-1 for municipal services.