Would you drink this?
Yellow Quill First Nation raw water – Would you drink the water on the left??
The 2 L bottle on the left is a sample of the source water that Yellow Quill First Nation uses to procure its drinking water and the 2 L bottle on the right is a sample of the source water that the City of Saskatoon uses to procure its drinking water. Notice a difference? The stream that Yellow Quill First Nation uses for its source water is also used by a community upstream to deposit its sewage once a year in the spring. As a result, Yellow Quill FN has extremely poor source water. It is for this reason that Yellow Quill FN was on a boil water advisory for nearly a decade. It wasn’t until SDWF scientists intervened at Yellow Quill FN and installed the Integrated Biological and Reverse Osmosis Membrane (IBROM) treatment system that the nine year boil water advisory was finally lifted. Now, Yellow Quill FN residents have amongst the safest drinking water in the world!!
To learn more about Yellow Quill FN and the IBROM treatment system, please go to: http://www.safewater.org/PDFS/scientificresearch/Integrated_Biological_Filtration.pdf
What caused this?
This hand is a result of arsenic poisoning. Drinking water can become contaminated with arsenic from both natural processes (i.e., the dissolution of arsenic from bedrock) and human activities (i.e., industrial effluent). Human beings from all over the world (including Canada) are knowingly and unknowingly consuming drinking water that is contaminated with arsenic and, as a result, they are susceptible to the deleterious implications associated with consuming drinking water loaded with arsenic. Arsenic poisoning from inorganic arsenic in groundwater can cause numerous health manifestations, such as hyperpigmentation, skin lesions, hyper keratinized nails, bladder and lung cancer, etc. The health implications are significant and if you have concerns regarding high levels of arsenic in your drinking water you should contact your local public works department to ensure arsenic levels are regularly tested in treated water supplies.
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