Drinking water

Residents line up to fill containers with potable water in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. The Nunavut government has declared a 14-day state of emergency in Iqaluit after water in the capital was deemed undrinkable and potentially tainted with petroleum. The first shipment of potable water for residents also arrived by plane, with more expected to be delivered in the coming days. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter

Nunavut declares emergency in Iqaluit, city receives first shipment of potable water

Residents told not to drink the tap water after a fuel smell was detected at treatment plant

 

Town of Port McNeill Community Planning Facebook photo

Month-long boil water advisory finally over in Port McNeill

Island Health officially lifted Aug. 11 order over E. Coli concerns on Sept. 22

 

Stewart Redsky, former chief of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, walks past one week's worth of 20 litre water bottles in the community's water storage room on Feb. 25, 2015. The First Nation is now welcoming clean, running water for the first time in nearly 25 years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

‘Fought hard for this’: Decades-old water advisory lifted for Ontario First Nation

Boil-water advisory for Shoal Lake 40 was issued in 1998 and was one of the longest in Canada

 

Semiahmoo First Nation Councillor Joanne Charles and former Chief Willard Cook share a celebratory hug at a July 28 event marking the lifting of the boil water advisory on Semiahmoo lands. (Alex Browne photo)

‘Canada has to step up’ says federal Indigenous minister during B.C. stop

Much work remains to be done, Marc Miller acknowledges

Semiahmoo First Nation Councillor Joanne Charles and former Chief Willard Cook share a celebratory hug at a July 28 event marking the lifting of the boil water advisory on Semiahmoo lands. (Alex Browne photo)
University of Victoria researchers and a Georgia Institute of Technology chemical engineer are part of a team developing an arsenic-in-water detector that is compatible with cell phones. (Black Press Media file photo)

University of Victoria collaborates with Georgia researcher on cellphone arsenic tester

Invention could bring single-use tests from $20 to pennies while avoiding harmful chemicals

University of Victoria researchers and a Georgia Institute of Technology chemical engineer are part of a team developing an arsenic-in-water detector that is compatible with cell phones. (Black Press Media file photo)
Miranda Aloma (with dog Sherlock) stands in front of what she jokingly calls her water tank ghetto. She has already used up the auxiliary water she’d reserved in the spring, and is relying on water deliveries earlier than she ever has before. Three tanks in the back are not-potable; she rigs up hoses and buckets and uses that water for plants. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Sooke residents say rock blasting is impacting water wells; Ministry points to dry weather

‘This isn’t my first dry year. I’ve never had to order water in June. That’s not normal.’

Miranda Aloma (with dog Sherlock) stands in front of what she jokingly calls her water tank ghetto. She has already used up the auxiliary water she’d reserved in the spring, and is relying on water deliveries earlier than she ever has before. Three tanks in the back are not-potable; she rigs up hoses and buckets and uses that water for plants. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
UBC professor Madjid Mohseni and Kluskus water operator Tony Baptiste enjoy a glass of water. (UBC Submitted Photo)

‘Too bets`huna: We live by water’ — Remote village celebrates return of drinking water after 20 years

People living in the Lhoosk’uz Dené village will no longer be bringing in bottled water from Quesnel

UBC professor Madjid Mohseni and Kluskus water operator Tony Baptiste enjoy a glass of water. (UBC Submitted Photo)
The Capital Regional District has lifted the boil water advisory for Port Renfrew, but the advisory for East Sooke remains in effect. (Black Press Media File)

Boil water advisory lifted for Port Renfrew, still in effect for East Sooke

The well system in Port Renfrew was flushed and deemed safe

The Capital Regional District has lifted the boil water advisory for Port Renfrew, but the advisory for East Sooke remains in effect. (Black Press Media File)
The midnight sun shines over the ice-covered waters near Resolute Bay at 1:30 am as seen from the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent Saturday, July 12, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canada has 20% of the world’s freshwater reserves — this is how to protect it

Researchers suggest the need for a Canada Water Agency dedicated to water management across the country

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The midnight sun shines over the ice-covered waters near Resolute Bay at 1:30 am as seen from the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent Saturday, July 12, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The Capital Regional District has issued a boil water advisory for the Wilderness Mountain Water Service Area in East Sooke. (Katja Just - Pixabay.com)

Boil water advisory issued in East Sooke

It’s better to boil and be safe than sorry you didn’t. The…

The Capital Regional District has issued a boil water advisory for the Wilderness Mountain Water Service Area in East Sooke. (Katja Just - Pixabay.com)
John Boros, of City of Surrey water operations turns on two underground roadside taps last December - one for potable water and one for emergency services - marking the completion of the long-awaited connection between SFN and the Surrey water supply. (File photo)

Semiahmoo First Nation tap water safe to drink again, as 16-year boil water advisory is lifted

New distribution system, connected to Surrey water supply, passes safety testing

John Boros, of City of Surrey water operations turns on two underground roadside taps last December - one for potable water and one for emergency services - marking the completion of the long-awaited connection between SFN and the Surrey water supply. (File photo)
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller responds to a reporters question during a news conference, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ottawa won’t set new deadline for providing clean water in First Nations communities

There are still 38 First Nations communities where the water isn’t considered safe to drink

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller responds to a reporters question during a news conference, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Sooke Lake Reservoir, shown here, is the primary storage site for Greater Victoria’s drinking water supply. The Capital Regional District just purchased a property on the north edge of the water supply area to help further protect the supply. (Photo courtesy CRD)

CRD acquires 58.7-hectare watershed to further protect Greater Victoria drinking water supply

Forested area near Grant Lake is part of the Cowichan Valley Regional District

Sooke Lake Reservoir, shown here, is the primary storage site for Greater Victoria’s drinking water supply. The Capital Regional District just purchased a property on the north edge of the water supply area to help further protect the supply. (Photo courtesy CRD)
The Blue Creek restoration in British Columbia is shown in this undated handout photo. Spotty research and inconsistent monitoring has made it impossible to evaluate the health of most Canadian watersheds, a new study has found. “It’s still largely unknown,” said Elizabeth Hendricks of the World Wildlife Fund, which has just released its second evaluation of the condition of Canada’s freshwater environments. (WWF Canada, Eden Toth)

Data gaps prevent assessment of most Canadian watersheds: WWF report

There’s enough known about 67 of Canada’s 167 watersheds to assess how well they’re standing up

The Blue Creek restoration in British Columbia is shown in this undated handout photo. Spotty research and inconsistent monitoring has made it impossible to evaluate the health of most Canadian watersheds, a new study has found. “It’s still largely unknown,” said Elizabeth Hendricks of the World Wildlife Fund, which has just released its second evaluation of the condition of Canada’s freshwater environments. (WWF Canada, Eden Toth)
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Nestle Canada selling bottled water business to local family-owned company

The Pure Life bottled water business is being sold to Ice River Springs

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(Black Press file photo).

CVRD testing Shawnigan water after complaints of metallic taste, odour

“This type of problem has come up a number of times in summers in the past”

(Black Press file photo).
Bulk water filling station opens at Otter Point

Bulk water filling station opens at Otter Point

New facility will have ‘positive impact’ in the area, says CRD director

Bulk water filling station opens at Otter Point
Rainwater capture systems pose their own health hazards. (Black Press Media)

No easy answers for water

Rainwater capture and other bandaid solutions are not the solution

Rainwater capture systems pose their own health hazards. (Black Press Media)
Hundreds of students marched at the BC Legislature for the WE Walk for Water campaign (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hundreds of Victoria students march for water accessibility

The second We Walk for Water campaign took place at the B.C. Legislature

Hundreds of students marched at the BC Legislature for the WE Walk for Water campaign (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
A water main break affected homes in Brentwood Bay and the Tsartlip First Nation yesterday. (Pexels)

UPDATED: Water main break in Brentwood Bay area now repaired

A water main break had affected homes in Brentwood Bay and the Tsartlip First Nation

A water main break affected homes in Brentwood Bay and the Tsartlip First Nation yesterday. (Pexels)