What news to come home to: the CBC is reporting that Charlottetown to warn about lead in water. While the City of Charlottetown appears to be taking some responsibility for the problem, the article closes with what appears, on first blush, to be a shocking abrogation of duty:
But the city says it simply can’t afford to replace all lead pipes. It recommends that if people have concerns, they should take other precautions, such as buying a water filter or running the water for a few minutes first thing in the morning before they drink it.
If the city is running water through its own lead pipes, and if that is posing a health risk, then the city simply must do what’s required. Water is a basic necessity; we all have a right to a clean, healthy source of it.