Walkerton: Safe drinking water legislation
In May 2000, bacteria seeped into Walkerton's town well. The deadly E. coli then slipped quietly through a maze of pipes and into the homes of Walkerton, Ont. Unsuspecting residents thirstily drank the polluted water and bathed in their bacteria-ridden tubs. But soon after, they began experiencing common symptoms of infection; bloody diarrhea and throbbing cramps. Seven people would eventually die and another 1286 would fall ill. The investigation which followed exposed an alarmingly unstable waterworks system made fragile by government cuts.
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: May 23, 2002
Guests: Ernie Eves, Gord Miller, Paul Muldoon
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Raj Ahluwalia
Last updated: September 19, 2013
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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