Drinking water fountains in the Cairns Complex are back in business.
As a result of last week’s hot water testing in the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, the decision was taken to test drinking water at various points across campus.
As a precautionary measure, drinking fountains in the Cairns Complex were temporarily taken out of service, and users of the facility were also advised not to consume water from kitchens and sinks in the building until further notice.
According to recent test results conducted by a third party, which have been reviewed by Niagara Region Public Health, there are no issues or concerns with the lead content in drinking water in the Cairns Complex or across campus at Brock.
Based on these results, the precautionary measures with respect to drinking water in the Cairns Complex have been lifted. Drinking water in the facility is safe to drink.
For more information on Ontario’s Standard on Lead in Drinking Water visit: http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/stdprodconsume/groups/lr/@ene/@resources/documents/resource/stdprod_098578.pdf
What can you do to further reduce your exposure to lead in drinking water;
- Use cold water for drinking or cooking.
- Never cook or mix infant formula using hot water from the tap.
- Make it a practice to run the water at each tap before use.
- Do not consume water that has sat in plumbing for more than six hours. First, make sure to run the water until you feel the temperature change before cooking, drinking, or brushing your teeth.
NOTICE: Drinking water issues in Cairns Complex (Feb. 21)
Drinking fountains in the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex are temporarily being taken out of service. Users of the facility are also being advised not to consume water from kitchens or washrooms in the building until further notice.
This is due to higher-than-expected levels of lead in the water, which were discovered during regular testing.
Additional water tests will take place this week to determine the cause of the issue. Plumbing fixtures and equipment using water in the building are also being flushed.
Lab results will be completed early next week and they will be communicated once they are available. This data will also help to determine the next steps to fix the problem.
Read the full notice about this issue on Facilities Management’s website.