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Walkerton: Criminal charges

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.

The OPP announce criminal charges against the Koebel brothers but an angry Walkerton citizen expresses outrage that more people, especially government officials, weren't also charged.
Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News Special
Broadcast Date: April 23, 2003
Duration: 4:13

Last updated: July 12, 2013

Page consulted on September 16, 2013

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