Each day, we need to replenish our bodies with about 2.5 litres of water. Clean water is vital for irrigating food crops, fish habitat, washing, cooking and a myriad of other functions.
Yet water can also be a source of exposure to pathogens and chemical, physical and radiological contaminants. That's what makes protection of our water so important.
Canada's federal government plays a vital role in establishing the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. But it is letting us down.
As part of the Healthy Environment, Healthy Canadians series, this 34-page report compares Canada's water quality guidelines with corresponding frameworks in the U.S., the European Union, and Australia, as well as guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization.