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Potlotek First Nation advised its water is not even safe for washing clothes – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 13, 2017102 Views

High levels of iron and manganese exceed ‘esthetic objectives’ for water quality

Sep 12, 2017

A year after residents of Potlotek First Nation in Cape Breton rallied to protest the quality of their drinking water, the community has been advised by Health Canada not to drink the water, bathe in it or even wash clothes in it.

On Monday, the band posted an email from Health Canada on its Facebook page saying the latest test results show that concentrations of manganese and iron in the drinking water exceed the “esthetic objectives” set out in Canada’s guidelines for drinking water quality.

Health Canada recommended the Nova Scotia band implement a drinking water advisory and said more detailed information would be available soon.

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