Testing for Alberta Environment & Parks (AEP) regulated water systems will be conducted in Mirror, Lakeview Estates and Aspelund Industrial Business Parks.
This summer, Lacombe County will launch a lead testing program to ensure residents have safe drinking water in their homes and businesses. This program is in response to updated guidelines put forth by the federal government, which lowers the maximum acceptable concentration of lead from 0.010 mg/L to 0.005 mg/L with the point of compliance being the resident’s tap.
The first step is to identify areas of the highest risk. Buildings that were constructed before 1960 are the first priority for testing. Building codes at that time allowed the use of lead piping for home water services, as well as plumbing solder and brass fittings with high lead content. These are the primary sources of lead contamination in drinking water.
Lacombe County Utilities staff will be conducting lead testing from May to September of 2021. To accomplish this, they will be selecting a percentage of houses and businesses that have a higher chance of lead service lines based on construction date.
Letters will be sent to home and business owners advising of this and setting up a date/time for County staff to test the tap for lead. It is important to note that results will be kept confidential. The individual results of testing will only be released to you, the homeowner and Alberta Environment & Parks (AEP). A letter of consent must be signed to release information to AEP.
Why is Lacombe County only testing in AEP regulated systems?
At this time, ONLY homes/businesses within municipal water systems under the jurisdiction of Alberta Environment will be tested. Farm water wells and small systems under the jurisdiction of Alberta Health Services (AHS) will not be sampled by Lacombe County. Farms or small system owners that wish to test lead content would be responsible for their own testing.
That said, Lacombe County can assist ratepayers who are concerned about their water quality or who require information about testing their water lines for lead. Please contact Lacombe County’s Community Services Department at 403-782-8959. For more details, as well as Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our website at www.lacombecounty.com.