Catherine McKenna’s Ottawa Tap Water Brag Angers Attawapiskat Residents – HuffPost Canada

The First Nation’s water supply is becoming increasingly toxic.

A tweet from Environment Minister Catherine McKenna praising Ottawa’s world-ranking tap water hit a sore spot for residents of a First Nation community facing an ongoing water crisis.

A day after McKenna posted her tweet, residents of Attawapiskat First Nation, an isolated community in northern Ontario, were called in for an emergency meeting.

Band council told them to severely limit their water use because of the presence of trihalomethanes (THM), a chemical byproduct from chlorine used to disinfect the water.

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