The water at Vancouver police stations isn’t passing muster.
Concerns over the metallic smell and taste of water prompted the Vancouver Police Department to order quality tests that found the water is below acceptable standards for B.C. and Health Canada.
The report, which recommends that the board reject the city’s proposed ban on bottled water, said the water does not pose an immediate or serious health risk.
It does, however, note that four of five VPD facilities had much higher-than-acceptable levels of lead and copper contaminants. The water also had higher-than-normal turbidity.
At police headquarters on Cambie Street, the report recommends flushing the system regularly and super-chlorinating the lines to reduce turbidity.
At three of the buildings, including the Main Street station, the report recommends replacing lead-containing taps, pipes and solder with lead-free components.
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