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Extensive water quality testing

We work around the clock to make sure your drinking water is safe and clean.

Throughout the water treatment process, your drinking water takes 7 to 15 hours to be clarified, filtered and disinfected. Our water quality testing lab tests and adjusts for more than 300 parameters so we can provide you with the best drinking water for safety, color, smell and taste. Our drinking water meets or exceeds all of the requirements set by provincial standards and Health Canada's Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality.

Edmonton has been a Canadian leader in drinking water quality for decades. In 2019, the American Water Works Association named Edmonton's drinking water the best tasting in North America.

Lead in drinking water

There are no measurable levels of lead in drinking water when it leaves our water treatment plants. But lead may be found in tap water for those homes with lead pipes or if there are lead plumbing components or fixtures inside your home.

More than 98% of homes in Edmonton have water lines made of other materials like copper, iron or plastic. About 4,400 homes built before 1960 still have lead service lines, as it was a material available to homebuilders at that time. With our Lead Management Program, we're working with homeowners to remove lead service lines.

How you can maintain good water quality

Adding lemon slices to your water is a great way to neutralize any odour along with store-bought carbon filters.

Here are some of our other recommendations:

  • Run the cold water tap for at least 3 minutes (or until the water feels cold) in the morning and any other time when the water hasn't been used in 6 or more hours.
  • Never use water from hot water taps for drinking, eating, cooking or baking. Instead, use cold tap water and heat it up.
  • If you're using a device to filter your tap water, remember to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for replacing and conditioning the filter cartridges.

We consistently meet and out-perform all water quality requirements set by provincial standards and Health Canada's Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality.

Source water enters our water treatment plant, where it's then:

  • Clarified
  • Filtered
  • Disinfected
  • Continually tested for water quality

How to maintain good water quality at home

  • Run the cold water tap for at least three minutes in the morning and any other time when the water hasn't been used in 6 or more hours.
  • Never use water from hot water taps for drinking, eating, cooking or baking. Take cold tap water and then heat it up.
  • If you're using a device to filter your tap water, remember to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for replacing and conditioning the filter cartridges.