Lead Monitoring in Red Deer’s Water

While lead is a naturally occurring element found in rock and soil, extensive man-made use has resulted in its widespread presence in the environment.

Green house diagram for lead page (JPG)What is Lead Services?

Corrosion inside metal water pipes within your home can cause copper, lead or iron to leach into the water supply. Lead has been identified as the main contaminate of concern by Health Canada, as it can cause health issues.

Am I affected?

If your home was constructed pre 1960, building codes allowed the use of lead piping for home water services, as well as plumbing solder and brass fittings with high lead content. These are the primary sources of lead contamination in drinking water.

What is being done?

Various types of pipes including copper poly and lead (JPG)We use caustic soda treatment to balance the pH of drinking water and reduce water corrosivity. This process provides a protective coating on the pipes minimizing lead leaching. You can also have your tap water tested for lead.

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