We're aligned with Health Canada's new guideline
In March 2019, Health Canada announced a new guideline for drinking water quality in Canada. Two of the major changes are:
- Reduction of the maximum acceptable concentration of lead in drinking water from 10 μg/L (micrograms per Litre) to 5 μg/L.
- Requirement to complete testing at the tap from within a customer's home or business, instead of testing it at the property line (which was the previous requirement).
We strongly support the new guideline as it will benefit public health and aligns with our efforts to reduce lead exposure from drinking water as much as possible. In addition to our Lead Management Program that started in 2008, we developed our Lead Mitigation Strategy to ensure we meet the new guideline.
While Alberta Environment and Parks gives utilities 5 years to have their lead management plans in place to meet this new guideline, our plan is in place today. EPCOR will soon become one of the first communities in Canada to meet the new national standards.