By Mike Laanela, CBC News
The Village of Pemberton has issued a notice to residents warning of high lead levels in the tap water of some homes. (Tim Graham)
Municipal water contaminated by metal pipes in some homes
The Village of Pemberton, B.C., has issued a warning to residents that their tap water may have high levels of lead.
The news comes after tests of the water from 20 homes found lead levels as high as six times the maximum acceptable concentration under Canadian guidelines.
But the lead is not coming from the municipal water supply, the village notes. It’s coming from old pipes in some homes.
“Results revealed that the low pH of Pemberton’s water is interacting with the plumbing fittings and fixtures of some houses to produce elevated levels of lead in drinking water,” said the statement.
“This is particularly true in older facilities and homes that may have lead plumbing, fixtures or fittings, or used solder containing lead.”
“We want to reassure the public that there is no lead contamination in the provision of drinking water to the citizens of Pemberton from our source. We test our water supply regularly at different locations and Vancouver Coastal Health has confirmed that the municipal water supply is safe to drink,” said Pemberton Mayor Mike Richman.