Lead In Water Testing

New Provincial Requirements 

In March 2019, Health Canada lowered the maximum acceptable concentration (MAC) for lead in drinking water and modified the sampling point.

The Alberta Government has created a 2 phase approach to properly deal with lead in drinking water.

Alberta Environment & Parks- Lead in Water Guidance (PDF)
Health Canada- Drinking Water & Lead (PDF)

What We're Doing

As part of phase 1 (Planning and Assessment) the municipality is required to gather and analyze 40 samples from residences with a focus on the most susceptible areas. 
Municipal employees will be going door-to-door asking residents in susceptible areas to provide a water sample from their kitchen tap to test for lead in water. Testing will take place end of July and early August. 

The Municipality of Jasper has been testing for lead in water for the last four years and has consistently received results under the maximum acceptable concentration (MAC). 

The below map shows the areas that are most susceptible to lead in water. If you live in a susceptible area, a municipal employee may ask you for a water sample. 
Lead in Water Susceptible Areas

Do you have a lead service pipe?

  • Find the emergency water shut-off or water meter in your home (generally found in the basement). 
  • Check the color of the pipe coming out of the ground. If the pipe is:
  • The color of a Canadian penny – it’s copper
  • Blue or black – it’s likely plastic (polyethylene)
  • Grey – it’s galvanized iron or lead
  • The next step is to check for pipe hardness - don’t attempt to check the hardness of your pipe if you suspect it’s plastic!
  • If it’s a lead pipe, you will be able to etch gently into the pipe with a sharp-tipped object

Even if you find no evidence of a lead service pipe, there is a small chance that a section of lead piping could be present underground.

Simple Steps for Good Water Quality

  • If the water hasn’t been used in 6 hours or more, run the cold water tap for at least 3 minutes to flush the system.
  • Never use water from hot water taps for drinking or cooking. Use cold tap water and heat it up.
  • If you are using a water filter, be sure to maintain and replace it regularly.