Quebec Premier Legault says the province is planning to change how it tests drinking water for lead. An investigative report published on Wednesday revealed the sampling method presently used does not accurately measure the true levels of exposure.
The report based on sampling data released by municipalities through access 0f information legislation and independent lab tests revealed that the province is not collecting all of the samples recommended by Health Canada, and is instead using a testing method that was abandoned by U.S. cities 30 yrs ago.
The testing method requires flushing out taps for 5 minutes before taking a sample , which means it won’t accurately capture the lead that has collected overnight in pipes that could be consumed when the taps are turned on in the morning.
Premier Legault says there will be a review. Quebec has previously said it would be reviewing it’s regulations before March 2020, in response to new recommendations made earlier by Health Canada.