On October 9th, Council approved improvements to the Lead Pipe Replacement Program. Homeowners with lead water pipes that connect to non-lead City pipes will be eligible for a new rebate of up to $1,000, about 20 per cent of the total replacement cost. The City will continue to offer loans for properties where both the private and City portions of the water pipes are made of lead.
As a stop-gap measure, homeowners with confirmed lead levels that exceed Health Canada’s recently updated guideline, or who are awaiting pipe replacement under the program, could get a year’s supply of free water filters to remove lead from their tap water.
Homeowners might have lead water pipes if their home was built before 1955. To have your water tested for lead, call 3-1-1 to make an appointment.