Attawapiskat declares state of emergency over water quality – CBC

Jul 09, 2019

Tap water shows potentially harmful levels of disinfection byproduct

The Attawapiskat band council in northern Ontario has declared a state of emergency after tests showed tap water had potentially harmful levels of trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs) — byproducts of the disinfection process created when chlorine interacts with high levels of organic materials in the community’s water source.

The community has a separate system specifically for its drinking water supply that is filtered through a reverse-osmosis system which is distributed through two watering stations where community members can fill up jugs.

While still safe, is the drinking water is starting to register rising levels of THMs and HAAs.

Read More:

NationTalk Partners & Sponsors Learn More