How Much Lead is in your Toronto Water?

When it comes to lead, most scientist agree there is no “safe level”, but the cut off has been arbitrarily set at 10 parts lead to a billion parts of water (PPB) by Health Canada. The Toronto Star pulled together a great graphic and allows you to search your postal code to see how many tests failed in your neighbourhood and by how much.

In my neck-of-the-woods, a mere 14 water tests were done and just over 7% were above the 11PPB threshold.

If you drink tap water like we do, its a good idea to see where you’re lead levels are because once the lead gets in your body, its nearly impossible to get it out. As the EPA web site says “Infants and children who drink water containing lead in excess of the action level could experience delays in their physical or mental development. Children could show slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure.