06 May

Lead content still a problem in Brandon’s drinking water, tests show

Test Results
Steve Saul`s test results were mailed to him with no context about the significance of the lead concentration. (Lyzaville Sale/CBC News)

More than three years after provincial regulators flagged high lead concentrations in Brandon’s drinking water, city officials in Manitoba’s second-largest city have yet to change their treatment process to reduce lead exposure for its residents, a CBC I-Team investigation has found.

A Brandon resident who recently drove through Flint, Michigan — currently in the throes of an unprecedented lead-related health crisis in the U.S. — was inspired to get his own tap water tested through Brandon’s sampling program when he arrived home from his trip.

“My results showed they were three times the Canadian drinking water guideline for lead content,” said Steve Saul.

According to Health Canada, lead concentrations should not exceed 10 parts per billion for drinking water; above that level consumption can lead to adverse health effects, such as developmental problems in children.

– Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/investigation-finds-inaction-on-persistent-lead-problem-1.3567038
By Jacques Marcoux, CBC News

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11 Mar

Pemberton’s water creating high lead levels, says village

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/pemberton-s-water-creating-high-lead-levels-says-village-1.3486906
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.

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18 Feb

Lead in Prince Rupert schools no cause for alarm, says health authority

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/lead-prince-rupert-schools-1.3453507
By Daybreak North, CBC New

Drinking Water Fountain
The proposed legislation comes after four Prince Rupert schools were discovered to have elevated levels of lead in their drinking water. (Getty Images)

Elevated levels of lead have been found in the drinking water of some B.C. schools in Prince Rupert, parents learned Wednesday from district officials.

In a letter to parents, the district says it is working with the health authority to address “levels of lead that are higher than Health Canada recommended levels” in Conrad Elementary, Pineridge Elementary, Ecole Roosevelt Park Community School, and Prince Rupert Middle School.

Staff are taking the temporary measure of flushing the water system regularly to ensure students do not consume water that has been standing in pipes overnight.

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