Lead levels that exceed federal guidelines was detected in three out of 15 Vancouver homes that recently had their water tested.
This is in light of a nationwide investigation that has found high lead levels in water across the country, including Prince Rupert, BC.
84% of 25 homes tested in Prince Rupert exceeded Health Canada’s guidelines for lead levels.
Interim Chief Executive of the BC Water & Waste Association, Marian Hands said that water that leaves a treatment plant is generally lead free. However, the journey down the water main to the home is where problems can arise.
“That is where the largest area of concern is, as well as in the plumbing in homes, where up to 1975 they allowed lead plumbing. It is perfectly fine unless there is an alkalinity in the water that will cause leaching from the pipes.” -Marian Hands, BC Water & Waste Association