Lead pipes and drinking water
In 2011 Toronto City Council approved the Lead in Drinking Water Mitigation Strategy to help reduce lead in drinking water. Replacing the lead pipe that delivers water to homes is the best way to reduce exposure to lead from drinking water and protect your family's health.
Toronto's Lead Mitigation Strategy Overview
Water Service Replacement Program
City-owned portion of lead pipes that supply water to residential homes are replaced in coordination with other planned construction projects.
Priority Lead Water Service Replacement Program
A program for residents who want to replace the entire lead pipe that supplies water to their home. When the property owner replaces the privately-owned section of the lead pipe at the same time or before the City-owned portion, the City commits to replacing the City-owned pipes in up to 12 weeks.
Emergency replacement takes place when a pipe that supplies water to a home is broken or has low flow. If your water pipe is broken or you have low water flow, please call 3-1-1.
Faucet Filter Program
The faucet filter program has two parts:
- Part 1. This program offers a one-time free faucet filter, certified (NSF-053) for lead removal, to all homes immediately following the replacement of the City-owned section of the lead pipe that supplies water to the home.
- Part 2. The faucet filter rebate program also offers an annual $100 rebate for the purchase of a certified faucet-mounted filter to applicants who meet the eligibility requirements.
The corrosion control plan (required under MOE regulations) will reduce the acidity of drinking water. By changing the water at the plant we are able to mitigate corrosion and therefore lower the lead concentration at the tap. We are currently in the process of planning this important program and are on scheduled to implement in 2013.Back to top