NOTE: To ensure the completion of lead sampling during the COVID-19 response, water quality testing for lead has resumed using a modified procedure to avoid the need for in-home visits. Your request will be added to a sampling queue and you will be contacted when sampling in your area is going to take place. All other in-home water quality testing services continue to be suspended until further notice. Requestors will be contacted to discuss their concerns. If a visit is required, the request will be held and the requestor will be contacted when in-home water quality testing services resume.
If you’re concerned about the potential presence of lead in your tap water, you can request a water quality test.
Drinking water provided by the City of Ottawa is lead-free. However, trace amounts of lead can dissolve into drinking water during contact with your home’s lead pipes (including your water service pipe), brass fixtures, and lead solder. This may impact the safety of your tap water.
Ottawa residents who live in homes built after 1955 are at little or no risk of lead exposure through tap water. In limited instances, homes built after 1955 may be impacted if connected to an older watermain.
For more information on keeping your tap water lead-free, please consult our frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Request to have your home’s drinking water tested for lead.