Canada Needs Safe Drinking Water

  • by: Ecojustice
  • recipient: Environment Minister Peter Kent
Unlike most developed nations, Canada has no legally-binding national standards to ensure the safety of our drinking water.

The result? A two-tiered system of drinking water management, where urban centres benefit from better standards, technology and personnel while First Nations and rural communities struggle with poor infrastructure, a patchwork of provincial and municipal laws, and little help from the federal government.

The gap between those with access to clean drinking water and those without continues to persist, even though almost all Canadians believe access to clean water should be enshrined as a basic human right.

For more than 10 years, Ecojustice has led the charge for all Canadians to have access to safe, clean drinking water.

Please join us in asking Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent to ensure that all Canadians can access clean, safe drinking water.
Dear Minister of the Environment,

I am concerned about the growing threats to our water. Canada requires strong federal leadership that will provide a comprehensive National Water Protection Program to protect our waterways from harm and offer a strong safety-net for public health.

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As with national food and drug standards, the federal government has a responsibility to ensure all Canadian citizens are protected from potential hazards in our water supply, and to ensure provincial governments are fulfilling their responsibilities in protecting public health.

I urge you to protect our water now with the following steps:
1. Establishing national drinking water standards that apply when provinces are not protecting public health.
2. Ensuring accountability for federal funds devoted to water protection.
3. Protecting Canada's waterways from the toxic pollution, sewage and international threats.
4. Establishing a human right to water for basic needs.
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