More than 1,800 Canadian communities started the year under drinking water advisories, a new report says.
The investigation by the Council of Canadians found 1,838 advisories in place in January, 169 of them in First Nations communities.
“There are thousands of people across Canada that aren’t able to drink their water,” said Emma Lui, a water campaigner for the council and author of the report.
British Columbia accounted for almost 30 per cent of those advisories, with 544 advisories.
Saskatchewan had 16 per cent, with 294, and Newfoundland represented almost 13 per cent, with 233.
Ontario’s report includes only boil water advisories, while other provinces include “do not consume” warnings, water quality and other advisories.
“There’s a lot of gaps in water protection across the country and a big one is having national enforceable drinking water standards,” Lui told Yahoo Canada News.
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