With Health Canada changing their guidelines, Strathcona County is making sure residents are up to date.
 
This spring, the Government of Canada updated the drinking water regulations to reduce the maximum acceptable lead concentration from 0.01 mg/L, set in 1992, to 0.005 mg/L.
 
As such, the county recently gave a presentation to council on how they're already working with their main water suppliers to accommodate the changes. 
 
“The water within Strathcona County’s distribution system is safe, clean and meets the updated Health Canada guidelines,” said Todd Wyman, director of utilities. “However, household plumbing materials can cause lead levels measured at the tap to exceed the Health Canada guidelines.”
 
According to the county, the most common sources of lead in drinking water are from household plumbing at the tap, including old solder and brass plumbing fixtures.
 
“It’s therefore important for property owners to identify potential sources of lead within their homes and take steps to mitigate their exposure," Wyman added.
 
The county has randomly sampled private tap distribution lines for lead content, but they are confident that "there has been no evidence of any lead water main pipes in Strathcona County."
 
According to Health Canada, lead can still be found in homes newer than 1960, due to household plumbing components.