FAQ - lead and drinking water

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What do I need to know about lead and drinking water?

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  • Deanna Nov 5, 2019, 5:25 PM (23 months 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    Is this an arbitrary number set by each district or are one of these sites using outdated information?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 (23 months 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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