Health Canada’s new lead guideline and results of an Indigenous Services Canada, FNIHB drinking water sampling survey in children's facilities
Health Canada published the revised lead drinking water guideline in 2019. The document included recommendations for sampling protocols to assess lead exposure such as random daytime and fixed stagnation time sampling. The selection of a sampling protocol will depend on the objective of the sampling (e.g. typical exposure) and building type (e.g., single-family dwellings, large buildings, schools) and factors such as plumbing configuration and water use/consumption patterns. Indigenous Services Canada conducted a sampling survey in Alberta Region to determine community lead levels in schools and daycares ahead of the guideline changes, to identify potential sources of lead, and to evaluate compliance with the updated guideline.
Head, Materials and Treatment Section Water and Air Quality Bureau, Health Canada
France Lemieux is the Head of the Materials and Treatment Section in Health Canada’s Water and Air Quality Bureau. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and a Masters' degree in Civil Engineering -Water Resources. During her 33 year career at Health Canada, she has worked in drinking water for 23 years and has expertise in lead, copper and corrosion control. She is a member of various U.S. and Canadian committees on health-based standards for drinking water, treatment units and plumbing standards; Chair of the NSF Additives Joint Committee, a member of the NSF Council for Public Health Consultant and Chair of the Water Quality Association’s Public Health Review Board as well as sitting on the Board of Directors of RESEAU Centre for Mobilizing Innovation (RESEAU).
Senior Environmental Public Health Officer, ISC FNIHB, AB Region
Tony Thepsouvanh works in the Alberta Region as Senior Environmental Public Health Officer. He trained at Concordia University of Edmonton's environmental health program and obtained his certificate in public health inspection in 2001. Following certification, he worked provincially as a public health inspector before joining Environmental Public Health services (EPHS) FNIHB in 2004 as an environmental public health officer where he has worked ever since. In 2013, he received an MPH from the University of Alberta, School of Public Health and promoted to the Senior role in 2016. Tony represents the EPHS program on various drinking water files and supports field EPHOs with environmental health scenarios.