Regina City Council has decided they’ll replace public and private lead water service connections over the next 15 years, which was the recommendation from administration.
Regina, along with Moose Jaw and Saskatoon, historically have some of the highest levels of lead in their water supplies in Canada.
In adults lead increases the risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems and kidney dysfunction, as well as complications during pregnancy.
The City estimates there are over 3,500 public property lead service connections, administration estimates at least another 7,000 are on private properties.
According to a city report, the average cost is between $5,000 and $10,000 to replace the lead connectors for homeowners, however payment plans are available.
The best way to find out if your water service involves a lead connection is by contacting the City of Regina.
Replacing the public connectors will cost the city over $35-million, and will be covered through the City’s utility fund, which in turn will see an increase of a little more than $3.00 per month on the average residents water bill in 2022.
About 95 percent of water connections in the city are not lead, however for those who are affected, the City offers a filter program, where residents can choose either a rebate, a tap filter, or a pitcher filter.
In 2019 the City nearly committed to a five year removal plan.
The goal is to complete the most recent plan in 2036.