High concentrations of lead in the water only occur in older homes. This is due to the composition of the service connections between these older homes and the municipal water supply system, and to the materials used for the plumbing in older homes, which consist entirely or in part of lead.
In Gatineau, drinking water distributed through the water supply system meets the quality standards set by Quebec's ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs. Approximately 5,000 homes throughout the territory have lead connections that could cause higher concentrations of lead in their drinking water.
It is important to note that not a single case of lead intoxication caused by tap water has been reported in Gatineau.
Find the water meter in your home and check the pipe. The following signs will indicate that is it made of lead:
If you cannot do this test, call the owner of your home or a plumber.
If you would like more information on this check the following Web sites:
You can also contact the Direction de la santé publique de l'Outaouais at 819-776-7660.
Gatineau is the fourth largest city in the province of Quebec with close to 285,000 inhabitants.