Climate Change

Climate change and health: drinking water in decline

This is part of a series examining the health repercussions for Canadians of a changing climate. Today’s topic: Water quality. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change points to a decline in water quality in Canada due to the combined impacts of climate change and development, with floods enhancing the potential for increased sediment and pollutants to enter water supplies, and extreme precipitation leading to sewer-system overflow.