Questions & Answers

The Questions and Answers page was created to address inaccurate information circulating in the community and media. If you hear information in the community that you believe should be corrected please email the City.

In order to fact check the question, we do require some information and sources. Below are some helpful tips on how you can help us “set the record straight”.

Tips

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  1. Glyphosate
  2. High Rises
  3. Water

Question

Is there a presence of glyphosate in White Rock water?

Background

In August 2017, the City was made aware of a resident who claimed that they had tested water in White Rock and found the presence of glyphosate through a home testing kit ordered over the internet. Read the original email (PDF).

Furthermore, this individual has appeared on an online podcast to further spread his claims that glyphosate is in the water. The White Rock Safe Water Alliance group has also made claims that glyphosate is in White Rock Water on their blog.

Answer 

Incorrect. There is no glyphosate in White Rock water. The City conducted tests for glyphosate through Exova and found that there was no glyphosate in the water. All tests concluded that glyphosate was undetectable in White Rock Water.

The water was tested prior to the addition of secondary disinfectant to avoid any possibility of oxidation of the alleged contaminate. View the testing results (PDF).

Exova follows the U.S EPA Sampling Procedures, and Chain of Custody of Samples and Data. Canadian labs follow the U.S EPA methods as this is the International Standard. For example, the World Health Organization follows the U.S EPA methods.

What the U.S. EPA Emphasizes the Following

Sampling Procedures

The purpose of sampling is to collect representative portions from a suspected contaminated site. Sample collection is critical to determining the presence, type, concentration, and extent of environmental contamination by hazardous substances; thus, it is a crucial part of every sampling and environmental testing effort. Sampling procedures must be consistently followed to mitigate risk of error and the expense of re-sampling.

Failure to follow proper sampling and shipping procedures could result in samples that are contaminated, in broken containers, mislabeled, lost during shipping, or unusable because of a missed holding time. If procedures are inconsistently or improperly followed, any resultant analytical data may be inaccurate and may not be legally defensible.

Maintain Chain of Custody of Samples & Data

Acquiring accurate and legally defensible data is the CLP’s primary objective; therefore, the sampler must collect samples according to strict sampling procedures, plans, and guidelines.

EPA and many other Federal agencies use data resulting from analytical testing of samples to:

  • Assess response and remedial priorities
  • Assess risk to human health and the environment
  • Determine appropriate cleanup actions
  • Determine cleanup achievements
  • Determine if a site is contaminated with organic and/or inorganic compounds
  • Identify pollution sources
  • Identify Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs)
  • Validate remedial design methodologies