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Waterproof 3 - Canada's Drinking Water Report Card

More than a decade after deadly gaps in drinking water management killed seven people in Walkerton, Ont., Ecojustice has released Waterproof 3, our third drinking water report card, which concludes that the federal government is still failing to ensure all Canadians have reliable access to safe, clean water.

More than a decade after deadly gaps in drinking water management killed seven people in Walkerton, Ont., Ecojustice has released Waterproof 3, our third drinking water report card, which concludes that the federal government is still failing to ensure all Canadians have reliable access to safe, clean water.
The report gives the federal government another ‘F’ for lagging in almost every aspect of water protection for which it is responsible. Of greatest concern is the government’s reluctance to create rigorous national drinking water standards that protect all Canadians. 

Waterproof 3 evaluates water policies, programs and legislation across the country and assigns the provincial, territorial and federal governments, a grade  based on how well they’re protecting drinking water.

While the federal government received an ‘F’, provinces like Ontario (A) and Nova Scotia (A-) have been identified as leaders when it comes to drinking water protection — thanks in large part to strong treatment, testing and source water protection programs. In contrast, Alberta (C-) slipped in the rankings because of static treatment standards and poor source water protection efforts.
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Download the Report:
The Essentials
3 page summary of Waterproof 3 
Full Report
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NOTE: Due to a methodological error, a previous version of Waterproof 3 assigned the Yukon a 'D+' for its drinking water protection. The report has since been updated to reflect the Yukon's correct grade of a 'C-'. We apologize for any confusion.


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