Sign the Petition: Get lead out of Canada’s tap water

A year-long investigation involving over 120 journalists has uncovered extensive problems with drinking water across Canada. [1] The contamination problem lies in lead service pipes that connect people’s homes to water mains.

Journalists conducted thousands of tests and found that 33% of the time, lead contamination levels exceeded national safety guidelines. In some cases, the levels of contamination even exceed those in Flint, Michigan.[2]

According to the investigation, many provincial government knew about the problem. All levels of governent must step in, set consistent water testing standards, fund lead pipe replacements for cash-strapped municipalities and ensure Indigenous and Canadian communities have access to clean drinking water.

Lead is a dangerous contaminant and can cause serious health problems, including kidney damage, miscarriages, adverse effects on the brain and nervous system in children. [3]

Right now many cities have inconsistent standards for testing drinking water. Many say they cannot afford to fix lead pipes. In Windsor alone, it’s estimated to cost $90 million to replace all lead pipes.

In order to fix this problem, the provincial government needs to step in by setting universal testing standards and funding pipe replacements.

Unsafe drinking water must be treated like the emergency it is. Tell your provincial government to act now.


Sources:

[1] Global News, Is Canada’s tap water safe? Thousands of test results show high lead levels across the country

[2] The Washington Post, Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint

[3] World Health Organization, Lead poisoning and health

 

Tell all levels of government to act now to protect Canada’s drinking water

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Lead is a dangerous contaminant and can cause serious health problems, including kidney damage, miscarriages, adverse effects on the brain and nervous system in children. [3]

Right now many cities have inconsistent standards for testing drinking water. Many say they cannot afford to fix lead pipes. In Windsor alone, it’s estimated to cost $90 million to replace all lead pipes.

In order to fix this problem, the provincial government needs to step in by setting universal testing standards and funding pipe replacements.

Unsafe drinking water must be treated like the emergency it is. Tell your provincial government to act now.


Sources:

[1] Global News, Is Canada’s tap water safe? Thousands of test results show high lead levels across the country

[2] The Washington Post, Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint

[3] World Health Organization, Lead poisoning and health