The city is distributing flyers to Montreal homes where water tested positive for lead.

Montrealers who live in homes where the water has tested positive for lead are eligible for a free filtered water pitcher.

The city put up an online form on its website where residents who have been visited by a city inspector in connection with a positive screening for lead can request a free pitcher.

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The Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal (DRSP) has assessed the health risk from lead in the water to be low.

The City of Montreal's flyer on lead testing 

The form offers to provide replacement filters for up to one year. Testing is done on homes with a potential lead service line. 

A nationwide investigation last year found that some parts of Quebec — especially those with homes built before 1970 — contained lead levels 28 times higher than Health Canada's lead limit.   

Following the investigation, Montreal mayor Valérie Plante pledged to test 100,000 homes for lead and eradicate all lead pipes in the city by 2030.

The city of Montreal's website provides instructions on how to identify lead pipes in your home.


Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article misrepresented the eligibility requirements for free filtered water pitchers, as well as the criteria for testing. It has been updated with accurate information.

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