Should a home be serviced by lead pipes, the City will replace
them from the watermain up to the property line at no charge, through
the Water Service Repair Program; more information on the program is
The resident would be responsible for replacing any lead pipes from the
property line and into the home. Homeowners can hire the City contractor to
do the private portion of the property at the same time that the public
portion of the property is completed, or homeowners can hire their own
If the results are over 10, then the property is
deemed a priority and is put on the priority list. Under 10 and the lead
levels are considered within acceptable levels and the property is
placed on the standard waiting list. If you are concerned while waiting
for the test results, or while waiting for the pipes to be changed,
Toronto recommends flushing the system prior to using water for
drinking/consumption (for example, have a shower in the morning, prior
to pouring yourself a glass of water).
But how long is the wait list?
Councillor Davis’ office tells me that the priority wait list (over 10) is a few months and the wait list for those under 10 is more like 1-2 years.