Yukon water gets failing grade

The Yukon is getting a failing grade for protecting its drinking water.

The Sierra Legal Defense Fund, an environmental group looked at how drinking water is regulated and protected across Canada.

The Yukon received a "D-".

Randy Christensen is with the Defense Fund. He says one problem area for the Yukon is a lack of mandatory training for people who deal with water systems.

"There is no requirement for water systems operators to be trained and certified," he says."There is only a limited amount of water quality testing required. Health Canada has identified over 80 substances which are potentially harmful and can be found in drinking water."

The report also criticized the territory for not doing enough to protect its water supply from pollution.

Christensen says he hopes the report will make the territory tighten up regulations concerning drinking water.