Drinking Water Collection

Drinking water coming from the distribution system is regularly tested for trace metals. Nevertheless, trace metal contamination can also come from the household plumbing system and tap water could therefore contribute to total metal intake. There is a need to expand the current knowledge about the trace metal content of tap water in First Nations communities.

The Drinking Water Component of the First Nation Food Nutrition and Environment Study (FNFNES) will determine the levels of trace metals in tap water on First Nations reserves. The objectives are:

  • To determine levels of trace metals in drinking water in First Nation households on-reserve
  • To estimate intake of trace metals from drinking water
  • To estimate relative contribution of water to total trace metal intake.