More than 1,700 Canadian boil-water advisories in effect: report
In its May edition, the Canadian Medical Association Journal reports that 1,760 boil-water advisories are in effect in communities across the country — excluding those on 93 First Nations territories.
Boil-water advisories are public-health warnings that tap or well water is unsafe to drink — sometimes even to bathe in — due to bacterial or other contamination.
The numbers, based on the latest information from provincial authorities, show most of the trouble spots are small, municipal water systems. Far-flung communities from Bay Roberts, N.L., and Victoria Beach, Man., to Tilley, Alta., and Sullivan Bay, B.C., have all experienced such orders, according to the report.
One Health Canada estimate, based on American studies, is that contaminated water kills 90 Canadians and sickens another 90,000 every year, although environmentalists believe the figures are understated.