N.S. First Na­tion grap­pling with wa­ter cri­sis calls for fed­eral ac­tion

Northern News (Kirkland Lake) - - NATIONAL NEWS -

CHAPEL IS­LAND, N.S. — A Nova Sco­tia In­dige­nous com­mu­nity strug­gling with dark, foul-smelling tap wa­ter is call­ing on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to fix a prob­lem that has lin­gered for a decade.

Pot­lotek First Na­tion res­i­dents have been told not to drink, bathe or wash clothes in the wa­ter, which has high lev­els of iron and man­ganese.

Chief Wil­bert Mar­shall says the com­mu­nity of about 500 peo­ple has been work­ing with Ot­tawa on a so­lu­tion for 10 years, but res­i­dents still don’t have clean, re­li­able drink­ing wa­ter. Health Canada says the spike in min­er­als is re­lated to sea­sonal fac­tors such as tem­per­a­ture changes and turnover in the nearby lake wa­ter, and although lev­els should de­cline there is no set time frame for the wa­ter to re­turn to nor­mal.

The fed­eral depart­ment says there are no known health im­pacts tied to the re­ported lev­els of iron and man­ganese, but it says boil­ing the wa­ter would only fur­ther con­cen­trate the min­er­als. Post­media Wire Ser­vices

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