Lead in Drinking Water - National Media Attention
Recent articles across several national and international media platforms have put lead in drinking water onto the front page. The stories are the result of a year-long investigation by more than 120 journalists from nine universities and 10 media organizations
According to media reports, hundreds of thousands of Canadians could be consuming tap water laced with high levels of lead leaching from aging infrastructure and plumbing, a large collection of newly released data and documents reveals.
Many CWWA members were asked to respond to these media reports as their municipalities were implicated in the stories. Communicating the complexities of managing lead in drinking water is certainly challenging for water utilities.
CWWA developed lead fact sheets and speaking notes when the new Health Canada Guideline for Drinking Water was published. These are still available on our website, and provide an excellent resource in responding to media and customer inquiries.
Examples of media stories: