Annual Safe Drinking Water Test Results
Please Note: At our schools, some drinking water sources such as bottle filling stations remain available for students and staff for the sole purpose of refilling bottles. At some schools, water fountains are available to use only as bottle filling stations during this time of protecting students and staff from the COVID-19 virus.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to adhere to the provincial safe drinking water annual testing guidelines, from May to October, to ensure that our schools provided safe drinking water for all people in school buildings.
The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) tests drinking water sources at its 583 schools on a regular basis, in alignment with provincial regulations. On July 1, 2017, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) formerly known as the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, amended Ontario Regulation 243/07 (Schools, Private Schools and Child Care Centres) under the Safe Drinking Water Act, introducing new requirements for the annual testing, from May to October, of drinking water sources.
Based on the current regulation, school boards need to test all designated drinking water sources at a school over a three-year period (elementary schools and childcare centres), and a five-year period (high schools). Water samples are taken between May and October and are analyzed by an independent laboratory certified by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).
Test results for lead in drinking water will become available online on May 5, 2021 and will be posted on an annual basis consistent with our commitment to increase transparency and accountability. It also aligns with the TDSB’s Open Data initiative aimed to implement an online platform where the public can access published Board data on our Open Data Webpage .