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FYI only: CRD residential tap sampling program

Starting on the week of September 27, 2021, staff from the Capital Regional District (CRD) will undertake a two-week-long residential tap sampling program in select areas of Deep Cove and Dean Park.

The CRD has already extended the invitation to residents in these areas to consider participation, which includes a free lead analysis of the residence’s tap water. The CRD is not asking for more participants.

The CRD will contact you if you have been pre-selected for this program.

In March 2019, the Health Canada guideline for lead concentrations measured at residents’ taps was reduced from 0.01 mg/L to 0.005 mg/L.

Lead is not present in Greater Victoria’s drinking water. However, lead from pipes and fixtures, primarily from private plumbing, can leach into the water and can cause elevated lead concentrations at residential taps.

In response to the new federal guideline, and to ensure continued public safety, the CRD is analyzing the potential exposure to lead in our drinking water.

For more information about the CRD’s approach to monitoring the quality of drinking water, visit

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