SK must act now to remove asbestos in our drinking water

Petition to the Government of Saskatchewan

Asbestos cement water pipes

W5 aired a program bringing nationwide attention to the issue of asbestos cement pipes breaking down and getting into our water supply. I’m glad that the Saskatchewan Green Party was in the lead on this issue (with the help of ex-journalist Jay Branch, who researched this for 10 years).

 

Whereas:

- The Province of Saskatchewan has more than 1,000 kilometres of asbestos cement (AC) water mains;

- It is well known that asbestos is a highly toxic carcinogen;

- Scientific evidence indicates that asbestos is harmful when ingested as well as inhaled;

- The Saskatchewan government spent $ 5 million on a research centre to investigate asbestos cement water pipes;

- That research centre produced a series of studies referring to asbestos fibres in water as a “health concern”;

- No one has defined what that “health concern” is;

- That research centre said “severely deteriorated AC pipes also released fiber into the drinking water and could pose a hazard of malignant tumours of the gastrointestinal tract and other organs in consumers”;

- That research centre released a paper in 2010 saying that “immediate,” “urgent” steps were needed to “ensure a safe and clean drinking water supply” in Regina;

Asbestos fibres in our drinking water

We, the undersigned, citizens of Saskatchewan, call upon the Government of Saskatchewan to

Take immediate steps to assess the health risks of asbestos in drinking water;

  1. Take immediate steps to define “health concerns”;
  2. Take immediate steps to define “malignant tumours of the gastrointestinal tract”;
  3. Release this data publicly in accessible formats;
  4. Develop a plan to safely replace and dispose of asbestos cement water pipes, including worker protection.

 

Who's signing

Phoenix Neault
Phoenix Neault
Jazmine Gulbranson
Gillian Walker
Elaine Hughes
Bethany Brochu
Russell Rudd
Michael Bray
Mike Sauers
Gerry Jones
Sean Muirhead
Carol Vandale
Remi Rheault
Jacqueline Patron
Julian Branch
Kelly Stonehouse
Mike Hamm
Stephanie Anderson
Darry Michelle
Naomi Hunter
Alexander Logan
Genny Clinton
Barry Dickie
28 SIGNATURES
GOAL: 500 signatures

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Showing 24 reactions

  • Phoenix Neault
  • Phoenix Neault
  • Jazmine Gulbranson
  • Gillian Walker
  • Elaine Hughes
  • Bethany Brochu
  • Russell Rudd
  • Michael Bray
  • Mike Sauers
    How about stopping workers/families from being exposed too?Let’s nip Mesothelioma in the behind.

    Sask Party would prefer to sweep this and any Asbestos related problems under the rug.
  • Gerry Jones
  • Sean Muirhead
  • Carol Vandale
  • Remi Rheault
  • Jacqueline Patron
  • Julian Branch
    I am very pleased to see this petition moving forward.
  • Kelly Stonehouse
  • Mike Hamm
  • Stephanie Anderson
  • Darry Michelle
  • Naomi Hunter
    We need immediate action on this issue for the health of Saskatchewan residents.
  • Alexander Logan
  • Genny Clinton
  • Barry Dickie
  • Mike Hamm