Canadian water purifiers could have to be replaced, study says
A new report by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has found that a lack of technology has led to a spike in water contamination incidents.
The report says the problem has become so bad that in some cases, the water purification systems of some communities have been destroyed.
In many cases, water systems were destroyed by the time the investigation was launched in September.RCMP Senior Constable Gary McLeod says it’s difficult to get a handle on the scale of the problem because many jurisdictions do not have a national water quality management plan.
He says the investigation is still ongoing.
The Mounties report was published in the latest issue of the journal Forensic Science International.
McLeod says there are no easy solutions for the problem, but that governments have a role to play.
He explains that when a water system is destroyed, the contamination of the water is not just a matter of “bad water quality.”
“We’re seeing a massive increase in contaminants, and that’s a very serious problem that needs to be addressed,” he says.
McLane says that the Mounties investigation found the most prevalent contaminants in the samples taken from water purifying equipment were copper and lead.
The findings are part of a larger effort by the RCMP to collect data about the water quality of communities across Canada.
McGill University’s Water Technology Program has also been investigating water pollution in Canada for a number of years.
In a paper published in November 2016, the team looked at water pollution levels across the country.
In some cases the levels were as high as 25 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard.
The researchers found that the contamination rates had increased significantly over the past few years.
They found that in 2015, the number of contaminated homes in Canada increased by nearly 400 per cent.
McKenna says the increase in contaminated homes was particularly pronounced in Toronto and Vancouver.
He also notes that the study found that some contaminants have been identified in areas that are often home to indigenous people.
McNeil says he hopes that the RCMP investigation will help to educate Canadians about the dangers of water contamination and what they can do to reduce the problem.
“It’s really important that people know that this problem is not going away, and it’s something that’s going to be there for the foreseeable future,” he said.