Local Water Quality

Check your local water quality

It’s your right to know what’s in your community’s water supply. In fact, every province in Canada requires every public or community water system to provide a drinking water quality report to its customers on an annual basis. Learn more.

How much lead is allowed in your drinking water?

According to Health Canada, the concentration of lead in drinking water supplies do not represent a hazard to Canadians as concentrations are normally below the maximum acceptable concentration of 0.010 mg/L. The Canadian Bottled Water Association does not permit bottled water to have concentrations of lead above 0.005 mg/L., which is below a detectable level. Nestlé Waters S.A. also requires the presence of lead to be at a non-existent level – 0.005 mg/L.

In Canada, the concentration of lead in drinking water is generally below the Canadian guideline of 0.010 mg/L as it leaves the treatment plant. However, lead may enter potable water at several points between water treatment plants and people's homes. The use of lead in valve parts or gaskets in treatment plants and the use of lead in older distribution mains and service lines are all potential sources. In dwellings, pipe jointing compounds, soldered joints and brass fixtures are also possible sources of lead. Water from drinking fountains may have higher levels of lead than water from nearby taps because they contain more piping, soldered joints and fittings from which lead may leach. In addition, the water usually sits in the fountain for longer periods of time prior to use.

Health Canada's Lead Standards Comparisons

The lead standard at Nestlé Waters is non-detectable, which is less then 0.5 parts per billion (ppb)

Lead Standards Comparison