Council supports move to get lead testing funds

Councillors here support Amherstburg’s bid for more provincial funds for lead testing of municipal water systems.

Early this year, Amherst­burg commented on amendments to the existing Drinking Water Systems Regulations forcing municipalities to comply by performing additional tests on private residential taps to check for lead.

Minto agrees with Am­herst­burg that the costs to provide that testing is substantial and supports its request that the province immediately provide the necessary funding to cover those costs.

Mayor David Anderson added that the issue includes more potential regulations be­ing handed down by the Ministry of the Environment regarding water quality.

Treasurer Gord Duff said there are substantial labour costs in Minto to obtain the water samples, without the in­clusion of the lab costs required for the testing – nor the costs associated if there are issues to be dealt with.

Minto has already gone through the first round of tests, with the next round slated for June.