At one time, lead was a commonly used material for water service pipes connecting buildings to the main water line. The Municipality has replaced many lead service pipes over the years, and continues to do so as opportunities arise. Interior plumbing in houses built before 1950 may still have lead connectors and service pipes, which are the responsibility of the property owner.
The Municipality of Jasper tests tap water and monitors lead concentrations in areas where lead piping is suspected, using Health Canada’s standards as a guide.
Do you have a lead service pipe?
Find the emergency water shut-off or water meter in your home (generally found in the basement).
Check the color of the pipe coming out of the ground. If the pipe is:
The color of a Canadian penny – it’s copper
Blue or black – it’s likely plastic (polyethylene)
Grey – it’s galvanized iron or lead
The next step is to check for pipe hardness - don’t attempt to check the hardness of your pipe if you suspect it’s plastic!
If it’s a lead pipe, you will be able to etch gently into the pipe with a sharp-tipped object
Even if you find no evidence of a lead service pipe, there is a small chance that a section of lead piping could be present underground.
Simple Steps for Good Water Quality
If the water hasn’t been used in 6 hours or more, run the cold water tap for at least 3 minutes to flush the system.
Never use water from hot water taps for drinking or cooking. Use cold tap water and heat it up.
If you are using a water filter, be sure to maintain and replace it regularly.