SAFE DRINKING WATER
Results from 2017 water testing for schools of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board are now available. We are happy to report that lead testing results for St. Kateri Tekakwitha C.E.S. have met the Ontario drinking water quality lead standard of 10 micrograms per litre (10 µg/L) or below.
Since 2007, Ontario law has required child care centres and schools to flush their plumbing and test their drinking water for lead. As of July 1, 2017, an amendment to the Safe Drinking Act, 2002, of Ontario Regulation 243/07: Schools, Private School and Child Care Centres now requires schools housing children under the age of 18 to conduct annual standing and flushed water testing. The expectation is that all drinking fountains and water fixtures in schools used for drinking or in the preparation of food will be tested within a three-year period. Thereafter, schools and child care centres need only test one fixture per year. In the interests of the safety of our students and staff, the HWCDSB has opted to test 100% of its fixtures in the first year of the regulation. Testing for all fixtures in all schools was conducted in June 2017.