The water produced and distributed by the City of Dauphin is safe to drink and meets or exceeds all Federal and Provincial drinking water standards, including those for lead, and has met them since the Water Treatment Plant was commissioned in 1999.
In 1989, Health Canada’s guidelines for an acceptable level of lead in drinking water was reduced from 0.030 milligrams per litre to 0.010 milligrams per litre, and the testing was done on water in the distribution system. We understand that Health Canada is proposing two new amendments which will likely take place in the coming year or so:
- To reduce the acceptable level of lead in drinking water from 0.010 milligrams per litre to 0.005 milligrams per litre; and
- To move the source of testing from the distribution system to the consumer’s tap.
Links to more information:
- Caution of Lead in Dauphin’s Drinking Water – News Release
- How to Test Your Water for Lead and Lead Reducing Filters
- Map of Properties with Lead Service Lines
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Manitoba Sustainable Development – Office of Drinking Water http://www.gov.mb.ca/waterstewardship/odw/public-info/general-info/lead_in.html
- Provincial Fact Sheet
- The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently indicate that lead level in drinking water testing should be at the tap, with a maximum acceptable level of lead at 0.010 and 0.015 milligrams per litre respectively.