All well water testing, lead water test, water quality testing, and water test kits should be issued and conducted by an accredited water testing laboratory. Local accredited water testing laboratories serving the Vancouver area including Richmond, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and surrounding communities.
Testing Vancouver Well Water for Lead
If your Vancouver water happens to be drawn from a water well take a second lead test. This time take a raw water sample from the water well before it enters your home or building. Hopefully this will help determine if the lead is actually present in the groundwater or if the plumbing pipe or fittings is responsible for the lead contamination issue.
How Can I Test My Vancouver Drinking Water Water for Lead
If you are connected to a city water supply one water sample should be collected prior to flushing the water (running the tap for at least two minutes) and another separate water sample collected after flushing the water line.
When Should a Lead Water Sample be Taken?
Taking the first sample in the morning after the water has been in contact with the water pipe for an extended period may be ideal then the second sample as described.
For water sampling use the special water sampling bottles provided in the water test kit. Follow water testing instructions for proper water sampling procedures, not following proper water testing procedure may cause the water analysis report to be false or fail for some water parameters.
Local Lead Water Testing Lab in the Vancouver Area
For more information about local water testing lab services in Vancouver. Vancouver water costs will vary depending on the scope and the number of parameters being tested.
Lead Water in Vancouver
Once you have submitted your water sample and are waiting for your water test report, you may want to use a safe alternate source of water for drinking, food washing, cooking, and dental until a further decision is made.
If excessive lead is found to be greater than 0.005 mg/L in your first lead water test, it’s important to determine the source of the lead.
If the source of lead is corrosion of lead-containing plumbing materials, consider the following options:
1 – Remove the source of lead
2 – Flush faucets until the water runs as cold as possible before using the water for drinking, cooking, or teeth brushing.
3 – Avoid using hot tap water for drinking, cooking, or making baby formula.
4 – Adjust pH so water is less corrosive (for more information, see our fact sheets on pH and corrosive water).
5 – Use a properly designed water treatment system to reduce lead in your drinking water
6 – Use an alternative water source, such as bottled water or another well that has been tested and found to be safe.
Lead Water Treatment Systems for Vancouver
Lead cannot be removed from water through boiling. In fact, the boiling water may even increase the concentration of lead.
If the groundwater source is found to be contaminated with lead prior to entering the home, flushing the faucet will not be effective. Consider the following water treatment systems to effectively reduce lead levels:
• Cation exchange
• Reverse osmosis
• Lead water treatment system with certification NSF Standard No. 53 for reduction of lead in drinking water
Purchase a water treatment system or water filtration system that has been certified to meet the current NSF standards (National Sanitation Foundation) for lead reduction in drinking water.
NSF International is an accredited, independent third-party certification body that tests and certifies products to verify they meet these public health and safety standards. Home water treatment systems that meet these standards bear the NSF mark. NSF International is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that sets health and safety standards for manufacturers in 80 countries around the world.
Once a water treatment system or water filtration system has been installed, re-test your water to ensure the water treatment system is working properly.
It’s crucial to maintain the water treatment system according to the instructions of your local water treatment expert to ensure safe and long-term supply of drinking water.
For more information on the best water treatment system for lead contaminated water contact your local water treatment experts.
Considerations for Water Softener (cation exchange)
– If the pH of lead contaminated water is below 7, cation exchange will typically remove lead.
– If the pH of the lead contaminated water is above 7, the dissolved lead might be in a form that cannot be easily removed using by using a water softener or cation exchange. This may affect the efficiency of your Vancouver water treatment system.