Residential Lead Sampling Program

The Municipality of East Hants regularly samples for lead within our water distribution system, resulting in measurements consistently below the acceptable limits. Water utilities in Nova Scotia are now required to sample for lead from the point of consumption (within a residence).

The concern is lead leaching from plumbing (lead service lines, lead solder and brass fittings) that may cause elevated levels of lead in drinking water. Lead is more likely present in drinking water within older homes because the National Plumbing Code allowed lead material in pipes until 1975, lead in solder until 1986 and lead in fittings/faucets until 2013.

Summer 2020 marks the first year of our Residential Lead Sampling Program. If you are interested in having your home sampled for lead  or have any questions about the program please contact (please note – only selected homes that meet the criteria will be eligible for sampling).

If you would like more information on lead in drinking water, including ways to reduce levels, please see the links provided below.

Drinking Water: What About Lead? (Health Canada)

Water Talk – Lead in Drinking Water (Health Canada)

Drop on Water Fact Sheet – (NSE) 


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