No national standards for drinking water: report

Ten years after Walkerton tragedy standards still aren’t adequate


A new report scheduled for release Monday says that there are no national standards that effectively ensure drinking water is safe for all Canadians. The report, called Seeking Water Justice: Strengthening legal protection for Canada’s drinking water, was written by a group of academic, health and environmental experts. “Canadians do not have equal access to safe drinking water—a basic source of survival,” said an executive summary of the report. “We have voluntary national guidelines and provinces establish their own standards, which may or may not meet those guidelines … This leaves significant populations, such as First Nations and rural communities, vulnerable to water-borne diseases, boil water advisories and associated health effects.” Nancy Goucher, a water-policy expert with the Forum for Leadership on Water, says that 116 First Nation communities had boil orders in recent Health Canada stats, and that 90 percent had those advisories in place for one year, while half had them in place for more than three years. “The thought of not having that guarantee of safe drinking water, I think, would just reduce your entire quality of life,” she says.

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No national standards for drinking water: report

  1. Boil water advisories are somewhat miss leading . It simply means that there is no testing or treatment so they can't guarantee the quality. The water system where I grew up had a boil water advisory for over 30 years. No body did and no body ever got sick.

  2. What does it take to get our politicians off their behinds and come up with some strict water quality legislation? Is one Walkerton katastrophy not enough ? How many more people have to be maimed or killed because of the non-existence of binding water quality regulations ? Does our health really have to depend on some mayors cousins expertise ,or lack thereof,in water treatment ? One would think that the right to clean drinking water is a given; sadly, in Canada that is not the case. We may be a step ahead of Mexico what water quality is concerned , but is that really good enough? Walkerton will happen again, it is just a matter of time !

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