Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Environment Critic: "Province May Need Clean Water Act"

The MLA for Pictou West says the province might need to consider tougher laws surrounding drinking water and follow-up testing at municipal facilities. Progressive Conservative Karla MacFarlane says clean water is essential and our most important natural resource. A new report by the auditor general indicates the province's environment department needs to do a better job of testing and monitoring drinking water supplies to ensure public safety. She says there needs to be stronger policies in place.

The report also reveals cases where water samples were not taken within 30 days after a boil water advisory was lifted. MacFarlane says she's deeply concerned and feels stricter laws and procedures are needed in the province.