Lead and Water – Is your drinking water safe?

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If you have been watching the news recently, you may have seen a report regarding a national investigation into drinking water. The report revealed that shocking levels of lead particles were present within the water being consumed by Canadians.

Why Lead is dangerous in drinking water?

Lead is a toxicant that can affect the body if ingested, it is particularly harmful to young children as they absorb 4 to 5 times the amount of lead that is ingested by an adult from any given source. While lead can cause cancer, it can also affect the the brain and central nervous system. Severe cases of lead poisoning have been known to cause convulsions, comas and even death.

Is Calgary affected by lead contamination?

In short, the answer is absolutely. Unfortunately, lead has been used in plumbing and water service lines since the late 1880s. In addition to the recent national investigation, CBC Calgary news outlet provided a report in June 2019 in which a mother of two young children was concerned to receive a letter from the City of Calgary informing her that her home may be connected to a city water system that uses lead pipes.

Is Lead exposure preventable?

You can certainly dramatically reduce your risk of exposure. Lead Is usually absorbed via inhalation or through ingestion. A lot of our waterlines have lead solder as well as older faucets.

Here at Instant Plumbing and Heating, we have been operating under low lead compliance for three years now and this is one reason we don’t recommend that you install fixtures from places that sell home hardware as they often lack the compliance for lead.

Install a certified water filter

Our water treatment units are National Sanitation Foundation NSF53 Certified, so we can insure a high quality product. These filters can reduce up to 99% of lead in water.

Reverse Osmosis (R/O) units range from $685.00- $900.00 installed and whole house filters upwards of the same. The advantage of the R/O is it takes out much more impurities other than just lead.

Water sampling can be done but at a cost of about $199.00. Testing and analysis are performed by a certified lab here in Calgary and include us collecting the water sample from your home.

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