FAQ - lead and drinking water

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  • monita Triplett Jan 4, 2022, 6:47 AM (9 months ago)

    Where is the 2020 and 2021 water report?

    • Communications Jan 11, 2022, 8:00 AM (9 months ago)

      Thanks Monita - our Technical Operations Manager said the 2020 report was delayed due to staffing resources and COVID but they are hoping to make it available this week. The 2021 report is due June 30, 2022 and the aim is to have it available in April or May.

  • Deanna Nov 5, 2019, 5:25 PM (3 years ago)

    When did the acceptable level of lead in the water double? The Health Canada website states "The Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality set a maximum acceptable concentration of 0.005 mg/L (5 parts per billion) for total lead in drinking water, measured at the tap". (https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/lead-drinking-water)

    Is this an arbitrary number set by each district or are one of these sites using outdated information?

    • Communications Nov 6, 2019, 8:43 PM (3 years ago)

      Hello Deanna
      Thank you for flagging this, Deanna. The acceptable level was reduced by Health Canada in March 2019. We have updated the page to reflect the new acceptable maximum.

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