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Walkerton: Fake records, forged signatures, disastrous cover-up

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.

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Former Public Utilities Manager Frank Koebel makes stunning admissions and accepts blame in his testimony at the Walkerton Public Inquiry.
Medium: Radio
Program: Metro Morning
Broadcast Date: Dec. 7, 2000
Guest(s): Brian Gover, Frank Koebel
Host: Andy Barrie
Reporter: Dave Seglins
Duration: 5:39

Last updated: July 12, 2013

Page consulted on November 19, 2014

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