Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Report, 2020
Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation

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Release date: October 20, 2020

Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation

Description: Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation

The average Canadian used 220 litres of potable water per day in 2017

Source: Statistics Canada, table 38-10-0271-01.

Drinking water on reserves

58 is the number of long-term drinking water advisories still in effect on reserves at the end of 2019

Source: Indigenous Services Canada, Ending long-term drinking water advisories.

Main sources of drinking water

Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1. The information is grouped by Source of drinking water (appearing as row headers), 2009 and 2017 (appearing as column headers).
Source of drinking water 2009 2017
Tap water 66 72
Bottled water 24 20

Note: Percentage of Canadian households. Roughly 10% of Canadian households used tap water and bottled water as their primary drinking source.

Source: Statistics Canada, table 38-10-0275-01.

Clean water in Canada

  • In 2019, 82% of boil water advisories were issued for drinking water systems serving 500 people or less

Causes of boil water advisories, 2019

Table 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 2. The information is grouped by Causes (appearing as row headers), Percentage (appearing as column headers).
Causes Percentage
Equipment and process-related problems 87
Other microbiological water quality parameters 11
Detection of Escherichia coli (E. coli) 2

Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Environmental Indicators.

Community Spotlight

Water First is a Canadian non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping First Nations communities solve local water challenges through education, training, and meaningful collaboration. By hiring and training locally, its programs ensure that skills, knowledge and credentials stay in communities long after a project is completed. Water First has partnered with over 40 Indigenous communities on projects focusing on safe and sustainable drinking water.

Source: Water First

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