October 29 2019

Lead concentration in drinking water - Town of Rosemère Puts Residents' Worries to Rest

ROSEMÈRE, October 29, 2019 – Since 2013, the Town of Rosemère has been conducting an annual sampling campaign to test the lead at various locations on the drinking water distribution system, that is, in the areas built before 1990, schools, daycare centres and businesses. To date, the lead concentrations found in the water have always been well below the Québec standard.

It is important to note that the main sources of lead in drinking water primarily come from leaded plumbing fixtures (water service connection, valves, soldering, etc.) used to carry water to the residents' taps. However, there are no lead pipes in the Town of Rosemère's municipal water system.

Residential water service connection

According to the Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, in Québec, the risk of lead water service entrances having been installed to connect residences to the distribution system after the 1970s is low. The Plumbing Code in fact prohibited this practice starting in 1980.

However, if you have any doubts about the presence of a lead water service connection in your home, the Town suggests that you contact a plumber. Also, if you wish to carry out a water test in your home, the Town encourages you to contact an accredited laboratory.

More information on the quality of the Town of Rosemère's drinking water may be found in the drinking water quality report (art. 2) published each year on the Town's website.

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