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Committee reports on lead in drinking water


January 12, 2017
By Ground Water Canada

Ottawa – Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water has released a report on lead in drinking water for the purposes of updating the drinking water guideline and is inviting comments until March 15.

The report proposes the following guideline:

A maximum acceptable concentration (MAC) of 0.005 mg/L (5 µg/L) is proposed for total lead in drinking water, based on a sample of water taken at the tap and using the appropriate protocol for the type of building being sampled. Every effort should be made to maintain lead levels in drinking water as low as reasonably achievable (or ALARA).

Read the full report.