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June 29, 2022
As the heat of summer bears down on Ottawa, I reach for a glass of water and take a moment to reflect on the sad reality that being able to drink a glass of cold tap water, shower and do my laundry is a privilege.
Despite Canada having almost one fifth of the world’s fresh water, many Indigenous and northern communities face major infrastructure challenges related to accessing clean water. My hometown of Iqaluit, in October 2021, experienced a water crisis that left the city of 8,000 without clean water for months.
Gasoline particulates seeped into the water treatment centre’s holding tank and took weeks to flush out. It resulted in over 80,000 litres of bottled water being flown up from the south over just one week.
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