Water Advisory Report
WATER ADVISORY YEAR END REVIEW 2017:
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By Cori Marshall
The holiday season is upon us, Christmas has already come and gone, the end of 2017 and a new year is less than a week away. Over the course of 2017, as it does every year, WaterToday has compiled water advisory information from across Canada in one database which appears to readers as the Advisory Map on the home page.
WaterToday gathers and presents advisory information from boil orders to do not consume orders and cyanobacteria blooms, and in 2017 there were 1,929 total advisories across nine Canadian provinces. This year's numbers are up 5% from 2016's 1,839.
The 90 more advisories that were reported in 2017, as illustrated by the graph, are not evenly distributed across the country. Advisory numbers are up in all of the provinces looked at except Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Québec.
Saskatchewan has had the highest advisory numbers both years, distancing the second-highest total by more than 300. The lowest reported numbers over the course of 2016 and 2017 were found in New Brunswick.
The average number of reported advisories this year was 214 per province up from 204 over the course of the previous twelve months.
Over the course of the next few days leading up to 2018, we will bring you a year-end wrap up for each of the provinces. A similar graph will present the information visually, blue represents 2016 and red 2017. Stay with WaterToday over the next five days as we present the year-end retrospective.