By Laurenn Canofari
Lead is extensively documented to cause many issues in the human body, such as increased blood pressure, reduced cognitive abilities, and adverse neurodevelopment in children. Acceptable lead in drinking water stated by Health Canada is less than 5 ppb (particle per billion), yet they still said that there is no safety of lead levels. Both the federal and provincial governments conduct routine tests to measure lead in tap water. However, only the Ontario government shares data on this topic. An example of some cities' lead levels is Prince Rupert, which was measured at 10.1 ppb, Moose Jaw measured at 25 ppb, and Saskatoon measured at 31 ppb! It makes us all wonder if our drinking water is safe (Health Canada, 2022).
There have been many health issues that have been linked to exposure to lead in drinking water. There was a study done that linked lead exposure to being carcinogenic in humans. Besides this, the cancer effects are not the main health concern surrounding lead exposure (Health Canada, 2022).
The primary source of lead in drinking water comes from lead leaching from the plumbing and distribution components in the infrastructure. But, with the implantation of a residential treatment device, lead exposure can be minimized and eliminated (Health Canada, 2022).
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About the Author:
Laurenn is a third-year student at Capilano University in North Vancouver enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree program. She is currently a Research Assistant working on the Sewllkwe Book project, funded by Mitacs. She enjoys social media marketing, creative writing, and learning new skills.