Recently a group of journalism organizations concluded their investigation into the state of drinking water at different Ontario institutions. The organizations which included Global News, The Toronto Star, the Ryerson School of Journalism and Concordia University’s Institute for Investigative Journalism had investigated the lead levels at different schools and daycares across Ontario. They found that the water from over 2,400 of these institutions contained lead over the federal guidelines. 

The investigation which was conducted between 2016 – 2018 school years, looked at the water tested at different educational institutions across Ontario. These results were due to the fact that the government had increased the frequency of testing along with also bringing tougher lead limit regulation. If you would like to see the original story, please click here.

Here are a few of the institutions in Mississauga that were highlighted within the report.

Morning Star Middle School

75 percent (10.1 ppb)

(3 out of 4 tests ABOVE 5 ppb)

Total percentage of published lead tests conducted at Morning Star Middle School from 2016 – 2018 that exceeded the updated federal safety recommendation of 5 ppb. This is above the provincial average for public schools of 10.8 per cent over the same time period. The ppb levels mentioned are the highest during the tests carried out.

NOTE: The lead levels included in this chart reflect test results obtained from the Ontario government from April 2016 to March 2018 and may not reflect current lead levels at this facility.

Streetsville Secondary School

62.5 percent (27.5 ppb)

(5 out of 8 tests ABOVE 5 ppb)

Total percentage of published lead tests conducted at Streetsville SS from 2016 – 2018 that exceeded the updated federal safety recommendation of 5 ppb. This is above the provincial average for public schools of 10.8 per cent over the same time period. The ppb levels mentioned are the highest during the tests carried out.

NOTE: The lead levels included in this chart reflect test results obtained from the Ontario government from April 2016 to March 2018 and may not reflect current lead levels at this facility.

Erin Mills Middle School

62.5 percent (16.4 ppb)

(5 out of 8 tests ABOVE 5 ppb)

Total percentage of published lead tests conducted at Erin Mills Middle School from 2016 – 2018 that exceeded the updated federal safety recommendation of 5 ppb. This is above the provincial average for public schools of 10.8 per cent over the same time period. The ppb levels mentioned are the highest during the tests carried out.

NOTE: The lead levels included in this chart reflect test results obtained from the Ontario government from April 2016 to March 2018 and may not reflect current lead levels at this facility.

[Related: Dangers of Lead in Your Water]

St. Vincent de Paul Separate School

57.7 percent (340 ppb)

(41 out of 71 tests ABOVE 5 ppb)

Total percentage of published lead tests conducted at St Vincent De Paul Sep S from 2016 – 2018 that exceeded the updated federal safety recommendation of 5 ppb. This is above the provincial average for public schools of 10.8 per cent over the same time period. The ppb levels mentioned are the highest during the tests carried out.

NOTE: The lead levels included in this chart reflect test results obtained from the Ontario government from April 2016 to March 2018 and may not reflect current lead levels at this facility.

Maple Wood Public School

57.7 percent (154 ppb)

(15 out of 26 tests ABOVE 5 ppb)

Total percentage of published lead tests conducted at Maple Wood PS from 2016 – 2018 that exceeded the updated federal safety recommendation of 5 ppb. This is above the provincial average for public schools of 10.8 per cent over the same time period. The ppb levels mentioned are the highest during the tests carried out.

NOTE: The lead levels included in this chart reflect test results obtained from the Ontario government from April 2016 to March 2018 and may not reflect current lead levels at this facility.

It is important to remember that many of the schools mentioned who have had lead levels over the provincial and/or federal levels have been addressed by said institutions. It is also important to remember that this should be a good teaching moment, whereby you can teach your kids about the importance of being mindful.