Canada: Trouble at the Tap

And it ain’t Molson or Moosehead that’s the problem!

source: BBC

The amount of lead in the water supply of major Canadian cities exceeded safe levels in hundreds of thousands of homes, a major investigation has found.

Some areas showed lead levels higher than those in the US city of Flint, Michigan, during its 2015 water crisis.

Out of 12,000 samples taken from 2014 to 2018, one third exceeded the national safety guideline of 5 parts per billion (ppb).

Canada has the third-largest per-capita fresh water reserve in the world.

The year-long investigation was conducted by 120 journalists, from 10 media outlets and nine universities, in partnership with the Institute for Investigative Journalism.

Investigators gathered the results of 12,000 tests carried out between 2014 and 2018 in 11 cities.

While a third exceeded the safe limit of 5ppb, 18% were over the US limit of 15ppb.

Among the areas studied were Montreal, the second-largest city in Canada (population 1.75m), and Oakville, an affluent part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Regina, the capital of the prairie province of Saskatchewan, and the city of Prince Rupert, in northern British Columbia, were also included.

Lead levels in Canadian water ‘exceed safe limit’ in a third of cases

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