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Health Canada now recognizes the science says there is a public health benefit to reducing lead exposure to levels that are as low as possible. The guideline is intended to minimize public health risks from lead content in drinking water. It now has a lower maximum acceptable concentration for lead in drinking water. This places Canada with one of the lowest targets in the world for lead in drinking water.
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You will have your water tested for lead and receive the test results within 14 days of the County receiving the results from the laboratory. A test result will only represent a moment in time; however, it identifies any potential concerns with lead levels in your water. You can use this information to make informed health decisions. Your assistance will help Kneehill County discover any issues with lead in the water system.
Kneehill County Utilities will work with you to complete additional sampling to confirm that the previous test was accurate. If the second test also exceeds the guidelines, the County will provide information on ways you can reduce your exposure.
Kneehill County's water supply is safe and clean, and meets the new Health Canada guideline. However, the most common sources of lead in drinking water are “at the tap.” In other words, in the plumbing in your house and if you have lead service lines on your property.
Residents who think their homes may have lead fixtures can take measures to reduce their risk of lead exposure.
Residents can contact Health Link 24/7 for health information on lead exposure toll-free at 811. The following websites also have good information on how to reduce potential lead exposure.
Water Talk: Reducing your exposure to lead from drinking water
Common questions about lead and drinking water
Drinking water: what about lead?