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Walkerton: The Koebels plead guilty

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.

Stan and Frank Koebel have pleaded guilty and will not have go through trial proceedings. Some Walkerton residents are angry and feel that justice hasn't been served.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Oct. 18, 2004
Guest(s): John Findlay, David Foulds, Bill Trudell
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Heather Hiscox
Duration: 2:52

Last updated: July 12, 2013

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