PFOS and Propylene Glycol in Hamilton Waterways

Potential Postal Disruption

In the event of a postal disruption at Canada Post that may begin on or after October 22, 2018, we ask that citizens please make alternative arrangements to ensure the timely receipt of their payment to the City.

  • Backflow Prevention Program
  • Sewer Lateral Management Program
  • Protective Plumbing Program (assessment and payment request forms)
  • Lead Line Replacement Loan application forms

All required documentation for the above mentioned programs should be dropped off at the Hamilton Water Storefront located at 330 Wentworth St. North, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Protective Plumbing Program Grant Cheque Information

  • Cheques will be available for pick up at 330 Wentworth St. North, between 8:30 am and 3 pm.
  • Property Owners should call 905-546-2489 to verify that their cheque is available for pick-up before coming to 330 Wentworth.
  • Property Owner will be required to show Identification in order to pick up the grant cheque.

If you have any questions, please free to call 905-546-2489.

The City of Hamilton investigated concerns about:

  • Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, also known as PFOS; and
  • Propylene glycol in the headwater creeks of the Upper Welland River and Lake Nipenco.

Both of these areas are near John C. Munro Airport.

Public Health Services believes that levels of PFOS found to date do not represent a further risk to public health beyond fish consumption restrictions outlined in the Guide to Eating Sports Fish. Swimming in Lake Niapenco is not a public health risk associated with exposure to PFOS.

Propylene glycol in the headwater creeks of the Upper Welland River is not a risk to human health.

PFOS and propylene glycol in local private wells

Soil in Glanbrook is generally clay based, which diminishes the potential movement of PFOS or propylene glycol into the aquifer used for well water. Exposure to PFOS or propylene glycol through well water is believed to be unlikely.

We recommend that residents who live in this area and use private well water:

  • Inspect your well to ensure it is constructed properly and is protected from surface water contamination.
  • Test your well water for bacteria. Bacteria in well water is a much higher health risk then the levels of PFOS found in fish and sediment in Lake Niapenco and can be an indicator of deteriorating construction that can allow surface water contamination to enter the well.