Canadians think that our drinking water is the safest in the world and associate unfit, contaminated water mostly with First Nations reserves. However, according to a new CMA report this is not true:
More than 1,700 boil-water advisories are in effect in communities across the country, according to a new investigative report by the Canadian Medical Association.
A boil-water advisory means that water is contaminated and unfit to drink without boiling. Often, the report says, a community’s chlorination or disinfection systems fail to work, leading to advisories.
Although boil-water advisories are often associated with native communities, 93 First Nations had advisories in place as of Feb. 29, 2008, while 1,766 advisories outside of these communities were in place in Canada at the end of the following month, the report said.
Read more here of this CBC story here: 1,775 boil-water advisories in Canada require action: report