Edmonton residents exposed to high lead levels in water over last decade, investigation finds

Some Edmontonians have been drinking tap water with lead levels as high as 120 times the federal health guideline over the last 11 years, according to data obtained for the first time.

The full scope of lead levels in the city has never been revealed because test results are not publicly available, which has prompted red flags from experts about the implications for public health.

Lead test data obtained from EPCOR, Edmonton’s private water utility, reveals lead levels in Edmonton houses exceeding the current federal safety guideline of five parts per billion (ppb) every year since 2008.

While most fell below the guideline, the highest results include a reading of 594 ppb in 2008; 241 ppb in 2014; and 428 ppb in 2017.

Read more at Global News

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