Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been unwittingly exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, according to a yearlong investigation by more than 120 journalists. Sparked a public health crisis ..
The media consortium conducted the investigation in 11 cities across Canada. Canada's national safety guideline of 5 parts per billion; 18% discounted the U.S. limit of 15 ppb.
"I'm surprised," leading Canadian water safety researcher Bruce Lanphear told The Associated Press. "These are quite high given the child of attention that has been given to Flint, Michigan, as having such extreme problems."
Canada is one of the only developed countries in the world that does not have a nationwide drinking water standard. India's is 1
Sarah Rana, 18, which is one of tens of thousands of students who were not alerted when they were high school teachers in water samples, the highest at 140 ppb.
"I was getting poisoned for four years and did not know about it," she told AP. "As a student, I think I should be told."
IQ and their ability to focus. Children who are younger than seven and pregnant women are most at risk from lead exposure, which can damage brains and kidneys. Yet the consortium is not tested regularly.
The media consortium filed more than 700 FOOD requests and collected more than 79,000 water test results. But the findings are not comprehensive nor an indication of overall drinking water quality in Canada.
"Because there is no federal oversight," says Michèle Prévost, a professor of engineering, who is working on a government study of school drinking water.
The government's approach to limiting lead in drinking water in Canada is very different from that in the US, where the Environmental Protection Agency's legal standards and every citizen is expected to receive an annual
There is no similar, routine testing or notice in Canada – with the exception of the 14 million-person province of Ontario, which posts online.
"If that's Not public, that's a problem, "Tom Neltner, a chemical engineer at the Environmental Defense Fund, told AP.