Health Canada has updated the national guideline for lead in drinking water. In compliance with provincial guidelines (Office of Drinking Water), the City of Steinbach will complete annual water sampling for lead at various residential and commercial properties across the city.
The City of Steinbach is currently looking for residents to volunteer their homes to be part of the water sampling process. Participation requires a one-time, 1-litre sample to be collected by the resident directly from a drinking water tap on their premises. Sampling will take place on Tuesdays, between 8 a.m. to Noon, between June and October.
A city waterworks staff member will arrive at your property, provide you with a sample container and instructions, and send the sample to an independent laboratory for testing. The entire sampling process is expected to take less than 15 minutes. If a property is chosen to be sampled, test results will be shared directly with the resident (and landlord, if applicable) by email, along with any recommended course of action.
If you live in the City of Steinbach and are interested in being part of the Drinking Water Sampling Program, please complete the form on this page. Full completion of the form is required to be considered for the program. Submission of form does not guarantee participation in the program. However, interested residents with eligible properties will be contacted, and all submissions will be kept on file so residents may be contacted to participate in future years. All information collected is for the sole purpose of the City of Steinbach’s Water Sampling Program, is confidential, and will not be shared outside of the requirements of this program.
The sampling program is only open to residential properties or home daycare properties at this time.
To learn more and apply to be part of the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-346-6211.
The use of lead in plumbing was prohibited in 1990 in the province of Manitoba. City records indicate that no lead components were used in the city's water distribution system. However, lead plumbing fixtures can be found in the plumbing of individual properties. The presence of lead is more likely in older homes and buildings located in older neighbourhoods. For this reason, sampling priority will be based on location and age of properties. View a map that highlights areas of priority by clicking the button below or in the Resources section below.
City of Steinbach Lead at the Tap Testing Priorities Map
Lead in Drinking Water Information Resources
Manitoba Office of Drinking Water
Lead in Drinking Water - Manitoba Sustainable Development
Lead in Drinking Water - Government of Canada
Annual Drinking Water Report - the City of Steinbach publishes an extensive annual drinking water report.
Government of Manitoba - Lead in Drinking Water Information for Manitoba Schools, Child Care Centres, and Large Buildings