Until major deficiencies fixed, First Nations communities won’t have reliable drinking water: AG

Until major deficiencies fixed, First Nations communities won’t have reliable drinking water: AG
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OTTAWA —
Until the federal government addresses several underlying deficiencies with the water systems and implements regulatory standards, First Nations communities in Canada will continue to not have reliable access to clean drinking water, according to the auditor general.

In a new report issued Thursday, auditor general Karen Hogan found that Indigenous Services Canada “did not provide adequate support to First Nations communities,” to ensure they have access to safe drinking water.

In order to ensure that once all outstanding drinking water advisories are lifted, history doesn’t repeat itself, the federal government needs to make long-term water system improvements, commit to sufficient funding for operations and maintenance, and put regulations in place,…



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