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Access to clean water is essential in preventing a number of infections. Riccardo Mayer/shutterstock

Community dialogue can show the way to meeting water needs: a South African case

Evidence suggests that involving marginalised communities in setting priorities and designing collective action can lead to improved health outcomes.
In an photo from 2016, Potlotek First Nation resident Patricia Paul holds a sample of water she says came from her taps at home. In December 2019 the community got a new water treatment system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Wadden

Federal election: If all parties agree that we need to end drinking water advisories in Indigenous communities, why haven’t we?

It seems all party leaders can agree, water advisories in First Nation communities need to end. If there is agreement, then isn’t it time to stop making it a campaign promise and make change?
An orchard near Kettleman City in California’s San Joaquin Valley on April 2, 2021. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Water wells are at risk of going dry in the US and worldwide

The US has one of the highest groundwater use rates in the world. When wells run dry, households may opt to conserve water, find new sources or sell and move.
A boy sits on a bridge over a man-made channel in the First Nation of Shoal Lake 40, straddling the Manitoba/Ontario border, in June 2015. Until recently, a boil-water advisory had been in place in the community for more than 20 years despite its relative close proximity to Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Tip of the iceberg: The true state of drinking water advisories in First Nations

The federal government’s announcement that boil-water advisories on First Nations won’t end until 2023 at the earliest isn’t surprising. The true crisis is much greater than widely known.

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