Safe Drinking Water

Following the recent release of a study showing that some Canadian cities have high levels of lead in their drinking water, the City of Wetaskiwin is assuring community members that the drinking water provided by the City is safe to drink. The last test conducted in August 2019 shows that lead levels are sitting at 0.00018 mg/L, which is well below the allowable limit of 0.005 mg/L. 

The tainted water study stated that hundreds of thousands of Canadians could be consuming tap water laced with high levels of lead leaching from aging infrastructure and plumbing. The protection of public health is a top priority for the City, and strict monitoring procedures are in place to ensure Wetaskiwin has some of the safest drinking water throughout the nation.

Checking Your Home

Most homes built after 1950 are less likely to have a lead pipe water service. If you reside in a home built prior to 1950 and are concerned you may have lead pipes, you can do a quick check by:

  • locating the emergency water shut-off valve or water meter (usually found in the basement)
  • checking the colour of the pipe coming out of the ground and into the meter (you may have to lightly sand the surface)
    • If the pipe is the colour of a Canadian penny, it's copper.
    • If the pipe is bright blue or black, it's likely plastic tubing (polyethylene).
    • If the pipe is grey, it's either galvanized iron or lead.
If you think you have a lead pipe service in your home, please call 780.361.4453 to arrange to have a water sample taken.