Toronto neighbourhood's cloudy tap water safe to drink

Jul 8 2020, 1:59 pm

The General Manager of Toronto Water has given Leslieville residents the go-ahead to drink their tap water again, after they voiced concerns over its cloudy appearance.

Earlier this week, Leslieville residents expressed their concerns on social media over what many questioned to be drinkable water.

One resident asked if there was an issue with the water as it remained grey in colour after resting for 15 to 20 minutes, showing “major sediment too.”

Another visited nearby stores to purchase bottled water but found the shelves empty.

On Monday, Toronto Chief Communications Officer Brad Ross spoke out on the issue saying the water was safe to drink.

According to Ross, the cause for the discolouration was due to air being trapped in the water distribution system due to pump changes.

“Cloudy drinking water reported in the area bounded by Gerrard-Coxwell-Lakeshore-Carlaw,” he wrote. “Drinking water is safe. Cause is air trapped in the water distribution system due to pump changes.”

“Flush your water up to 30 minutes until it runs clear. Call 311 if you have questions.”

Toronto’s 311 echoed Ross’ sentiments.

However, some suburbanites still continued to experience issues, even after flushing their water.

On Monday, City Councillor Paula Fletcher sent a letter to the General Manager of Toronto Water and Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health after numerous residents contacted her office.

In the letter, Fletcher said that despite the information provided by Toronto, “many residents have indicated that flushing their taps for up to an hour has not resolved the issue.”

“They have said that the water is not only cloudy but that pieces of sediment are coming out of their taps in the water.”

On Wednesday, Fletcher shared the response from the general manager of Toronto Water, Lou Di Gironimo, saying there was air trapped in the water and residuals from the lining build-up in pipes.

“Let us assure you that the drinking water was safe at all times as our testing and monitoring program indicated the system disinfection levels well within regulatory compliance levels,” Gironimo confirmed.

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