The following five news stories were the most read in the drinking water category on Water Canada’s website in 2019.

  1. Health Canada Sets New Guideline for Lead in Drinking Water

Health Canada has updated the drinking water guideline to reduce the maximum acceptable concentration of lead from 0.01 mg/L, which was set in 1992, to 0.005 mg/L. The guideline was updated in collaboration with the provinces, territories and other federal departments. Read the full news story here.

  1. First Nations Coalition Announces Campaign for Safe Drinking Water

A First Nations coalition will be launching a campaign to recognize the human right to safe drinking water in First Nations communities. This campaign is in response to inaction by successive federal governments, including the Trudeau government, according to the coalition. Read the full new story here.

  1. Federal-Provincial Funding to Support Water and Wastewater Services in B.C.

Communities in British Columbia are able to apply for a share of the combined $150-million federal-provincial infrastructure funding that will help deliver water and wastewater services. Read the full article here.

  1. City of Guelph and Dolime Quarry Develop Proposal to Protect Drinking Water

The City of Guelph and the owners of the Dolime Quarry have reached a potential solution to address the City’s concerns about how operations at the quarry could affect drinking water. Read the full news story here.

  1. Health Threat from Blue-Green Blooms Extends Beyond Single Toxin

As blue-green algae proliferates around the world, a University of Saskatchewan researcher cautions that current municipal drinking water monitoring that focuses on a single toxin associated with the cyanobacteria blooms is likely to miss the true public health risks. Read the full news story here.


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