Councillors want ‘more aggressive’ plan to remove Calgary’s lead pipes following Tainted Water investigation

A pair of Calgary councillors want the city to begin planning the “accelerated removal of lead water service pipes, from both public and private properties” in the wake of the Tainted Water investigation.

Although the city already has policies designed to ensure tap water is safe, the city councillors said it was time for an accelerated plan to get the lead out, noting in a draft motion to council that the recent nationwide investigation by a consortium of media organizations including Global News, Star Calgary and Concordia’s Institute for Investigative Journalism “highlights the need for a more aggressive approach to lead pipe replacement to safeguard public health.”

More than 100 journalists across the country, including journalism students at Mount Royal University, were involved in the investigation, finding that hundreds of thousands of Canadians, including thousands in Calgary, were at risk of having lead in their drinking water, and that many residents said they weren’t adequately informed by their local governments.

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