Bad Water

Kayak (Canada) - - YOURSTORY -

Imag­ine if you turned the tap and only dirty brown­ish water came out. Or the water might look clean, but be­cause of pol­lu­tion, you’re told you have to boil it be­fore you can drink it or cook with it, or even use it to brush your teeth. Sounds aw­ful, right? But Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties all over Canada know ex­actly what that’s like. It’s known as a boil-water ad­vi­sory, and about two-thirds of those com­mu­ni­ties have lived un­der one in the past 10 years. Usu­ally it’s be­cause the treat­ment plant isn’t work­ing prop­erly, so peo­ple can get very sick if they drink the water.

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