Favourable results for lead levels in resident’s drinking water

Friday, November 8, 2019

On March 8, 2019, Health Canada announced a reduction to its maximum acceptable concentration for lead in drinking water from 10 micrograms per litre to 5 micrograms per litre. The new guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality now applies to water flowing through plumbing and taps in a customer’s premise, as well as the municipal drinking water system.

Bi-annually, the City of Leduc Utility Services Department conduct tests for lead levels within the Water Distribution system. Samples are tested by a provincially approved lab. “We can confirm that through this testing, that the results have consistently indicated less than 0.0001 micrograms per litre,” says Rick Sereda, Director of Public Services for the City of Leduc. “Our water mains are made of PVC (plastic), concrete, and steel. Due to the nature of being a younger community than Edmonton, we do not have any lead service laterals within our city limits.” Approximately 6 years ago, an internal assessment of the plumbing in the City of Leduc was conducted as a result of a large scale city wide water meter replacement program. Through this assessment, is was confirmed that there is no visible lead plumbing within the city.

EPCOR currently serves 70 communities around the Edmonton area and are working towards adding orthophosphate to the drinking supply. This is a food grade additive that over time will create an insoluble coating inside pipes and faucets and will prevent any potential leaching of lead.

“We want to assure our residents, that the City of Leduc’s water supply is clean, safe, and meets the current Health Canada guidelines,” says Mayor Bob Young. “Safety is our top concern and we are prepared to and have taken all precautions to ensure our residents are provided safe and clean drinking water. We will be continuing to work with EPCOR to investigate and combat the potential of increased levels of lead in our water.”

The City of Leduc cannot ensure homes or businesses have fittings or taps that are lead free. When the water leaves the water treatment plants, there is no measureable level of lead present. Health Canada recommends five simple actions that residents can take to ensure they are reducing their exposure to lead in their drinking water. To view these recommendations, visit www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/environmental-workplace-health/reports-publications/water-quality/what-about-lead.html

For more information, call Leduc Utilities Services at 780-980-7127 or the EPCOR Lead Management Program 780-412-6800. Visit epcor.ca/lead to learn more.

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Leduc is a mid-sized city of more than 32,000 citizens next door to the Edmonton International Airport along Highway 2 and 15 minutes south of Edmonton. Leduc’s average five-year growth rate is 4.8 per cent, and from 2006 to 2016 this city grew by more than 13,500 residents (80 per cent). Visit Leduc.ca for more information. 

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