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The Safety of Drinking Water

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Discuss an element of drinking water where you see a public health gap or need that should be addressed. You may bring up a specific case relevant to your community if you have one, or bring up a global issue.

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As a native of Victoria, British columbia, I am no stranger to water quality issues. The interesting thing is that to many, British Columbia embodies all that is natural; many assume that our water supply is pristine when that is actually far from the truth. Here is a website with much discussion on the water quality in B.C., and some other info for water in Victoria specifically:




Much of the problem is that our water comes primarily from surface sources - watersheds on the island are used almost exclusively. This leads to many problems with contamination and taste/odor issues because the watersheds are a) sometimes within logging and/or farming areas and b) subject to what is known as "drawdown" in the ...

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Gaps is the sanitation of drinking water is discussed in this solution.

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