The Water We Drink: An International Comparison of Drinking Water Quality Standards and Guidelines cover

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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.

The Healthy Environment, Healthy Canadians series

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