Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water

Testing for lead in school water can help assess the potential for lead exposure as well as identify the source(s) of contamination where elevated lead levels are found. The NCCEH has created a guidance document intended to help public health practitioners and policy makers who are interested in understanding, or potentially developing, sampling protocols for lead in school drinking water. 

Read the guidance document

Cyanobacteria and Drinking Water: Occurrence, Risks, Management and Knowledge Gaps for Public Health

With warming temperatures due to climate change and increased nutrient loads to freshwater systems, the occurrence of harmful algal blooms, largely associated with toxin-producing cyanobacteria, is expected to increase. This has the potential to negatively impact drinking water supplies sourced from affected water bodies across Canada. This evidence review provides an overview of the scale of the issue in Canada and highlights key areas of importance for public health (PH) professionals and others involved in water management in responding to current and future risks from cyanobacteria in drinking water.

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Webinar: Cyanobacteria and drinking water


This webinar will provide the highlights of a recent evidence review undertaken by the NCCEH (Cyanobacteria and Drinking Water: Occurrence, risks, management and knowledge gaps for public health), and a presentation by the Walkerton Clean Water Centre on challenges and knowledge gaps for treating cyanobacteria in small drinking water system. This will include the results of a pilot testing project investigating the effect of small drinking water treatment technologies on the removal of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins.





World Water Day

  • March 22 was World Water Day.  Billions of people around the world do not enjoy clean, safe drinking water but there are many resources available for those interested in learning more. 

Drinking Water Consultations

Revised Health Canada Guidelines for Lead in Drinking Water

  • On March 8, 2019, Health Canada released revised guidelines that significantly reduced the maximum allowable concentration of lead in drinking water.

March is National Tick Awareness Month

  • The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association has named March to be National Tick Awareness month. In addition to providing communication tools and other materials, they also link to the Tick Talk Canada website where the general public can learn about how ticks interact with their pets and how to manage a tick infestation.

US CDC Offers Free Food Recall Info Widget

  • The US CDC’s food safety website has a new tool that provides updated, at-a-glance information on food recalls from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Click within the widget for more information on each recall, including links to full recall notices on agency websites. Scroll through the widget to see information on older recalls. You can embed the free widget on your website to share food recall information. Just click on the widget’s embed button to get the code.

NCCEH Healthy Built Environment Online Discussion Forum

  • The NCCEH and BCCDC have collaborated to pilot a pan-Canadian online HBE discussion forum for professionals, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The forum is free to join and anyone with an interest in built environment-related issues is encouraged to participate. Visitors can read posts without signing in but those wishing to post to the forum will need to create an account. Visit the "Welcome to the Forum" section to get started!

Ready-to-Eat Meats: Assessing the Food Safety Risks


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