To understand what your drinking water chemical testing results mean, check the lab report and use the information below.
The guidelines for Canadian drinking water quality have limits for some substances in drinking water that can be harmful to your health (e.g., nitrates, nitrites, and fluoride). The guidelines are listed as:
You do not need to worry about the results for conductivity, cation/anion sum, ion balance, and percentage difference as these tests are done for lab work purposes only.
When a water sample is sent to the Alberta Centre for Toxicology for routine chemical testing, it’s tested for all of the substances listed below. The information below doesn’t cover all chemical parameters of concern outlined in the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality (GCDWQ). If you have a specific health concern, please contact Environmental Health Officer in your area.
6.5 to 8.5
If you have any questions about water, call Environmental Public Health in your area.
Current as of: February 25, 2015
Author: Environmental Public Health, Alberta Health Services
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