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Water Today Title November 25, 2017

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Holiday Water - Summer 2013

It's summertime. Time to put all your troubles away, leave your grimy urban life behind and head out to that pristine Canadian wilderness. A word of caution, before taking off for the hills armed with snorkels and beach balls, remember to bring kettles, bottled water or aquatabs, because you'll be boiling water in hundreds of Canadian resorts, campgrounds, Provincial Parks, RV Parks and Bible or Girl Guide Camps across the country. Whether it's for lack of funds, a devil may care attitude or isolation, a host of holiday spots have been under Boil Water Advisory for years.

If you should boil it, you'll know in QC
There are currently 200 Boil Water Advisories Québec, 49 in vacationland. Most of these are for non-municipal small drinking water systems in campgrounds, inns, motels, restaurants and roadside rest areas. The province's environment website publishes a comprehensive lists of these advisories by region. There are 17 regions within the province.

According to Quebec's Règlement sur la qualité de l'eau potable (Drinking water quality regulation), all operators of municipal and non-municipal water systems are required to report boil and do not consume advisories if the quality of the drinking water does not meet the standards of the regulation.

Boil or bring your own water in Vacationland AB
With the Rockies on its western flank, Alberta has hundreds of provincial parks and recreational areas. Many of them are still closed due the recent flooding along the Bow and the Elbow Rivers. For a list of park closures, click
Among the Parks that were not affected or have since reopened there are no boil water advisories that we can find. Alberta Parks is far more concerned about bears, avalanches, unsafe trails and white nose syndrome in bats advisories than drinking water. This is rugged country for rugged campers.../more

22 BWA in Prov. Parks - No reporting on private facilities in ON
If you're heading for a provincial park in Ontario the chances are excellent that you will be able to find outahead of time if the park water is potable where you are going. Ontario Parks does an excellent job of monitoring and posting Boil Water Advisories along with vacancies and beach information, on its websiteYou're on your own however when it comes to private campgrounds, Rv parks, inns, lodges and camps.../more

110 BWAs in Vacationland SK
Half of all Saskatchewan's water advisories are in vacationland. There are currently 110. Most of these are up north of La Ronge in the fly-in outfitting and fishing camps that dot the many lakes in the region. It stands to reason that if you are off to hunt a bear or hook at 20-kg rainbow trout, you have the means to pay for bottled water and don't really care if there is safe drinking water in your camp or lodge. .../more

55 BWAs in Vacationland MB
There are currently 111 water advisories in Manitoba, 55 of them are in camps, campgrounds, resorts, trailer parks and hotels. Here's the list of Vacation spot Boil Water and Water Quality Advisories in Manitoba.../more

212 BWAs in Vacationland BC
There are 212 Vacation spot Boil Water and Water Quality Advisories in British Columbia. In fact, water advisories in BC camps, campgrounds, resorts, inns, RV park represent 56% of all the advisories across the province.../more

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