The Canada Revenue Agency says it will spend $1.1-million to replace all of its mercury meters in Calgary and Edmonton, which were installed by the company.
“We recognize that the installation and maintenance of mercury meters is a complex issue that is challenging and costly to address,” the CRA said in a statement on Tuesday.
The agency says the replacement of its 30-year-old mercury meter is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019.
The new mercury meter system in Calgary was installed in 2010.
It was replaced in 2021 by the Alberta Health and Safety Code.
The Alberta Health Code required the replacement and re-instatement of all mercury meters within Calgary, Edmonton and the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
As of March 2019, there were 9,944 mercury meters installed across Alberta, according to the CRA.
CRA said that over the last six years, mercury was found in about 2,200 Calgary and 2,500 Edmonton residents.
It said that a third of the mercury that was detected in Edmonton was in Calgary.