The Globe and Mail article 2.4 million Canadians are without adequate drinking water sources, according to a report released by the federal government Monday.
According to the report, more than 1.6 million Canadians live in water that has been polluted with heavy metals, and 1.4 per cent of the population are living in areas that have not been adequately purified.
The government is asking for $500 million to help provide clean drinking water to Canadians.
The Canadian Water Quality Institute is warning that a lack of clean drinking-water infrastructure is putting more people at risk of drinking contaminated water.
It says about 1.5 million Canadians were drinking contaminated drinking water in 2017.
The institute said the number of cases is projected to rise by 5 per cent over the next five years, with the majority of cases concentrated in remote and rural areas.
The report said the government needs to invest in drinking water infrastructure to ensure Canadians have access to safe, clean water.
The country’s drinking water system is already severely compromised.
More than one-third of Canadians don’t have access the cleanest drinking water available, the institute said.
“It’s not just a situation where you can’t go out and get water, you can go to the nearest tap, and you’re just going to end up with a mess,” said David Lebovitch, the president of the Canadian Water Institute.
The institute has called for more than $3 billion in investments in the coming years to improve water infrastructure.
It said the Canadian Red Cross is providing more than half of that money.