Walkerton Crisis

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Walkerton Crisis Did the largest contamination crisis in Canada ruin a perfectly good town; or is there still hope? Walkerton, before may of 2000 this would have been just a normal, little town on the map, and maybe a great place to visit, that though has changed forever. A deadly strain of E. coli originating from cow manure contaminated the town's water supply. The E. coli contamination, being named the largest ever in Canada's history was the cause of seven deaths and twenty three hundred related illnesses. Another critical, and upsetting issue with this crisis is that it could have been prevented. Walkerton's economy also was, is, and for a long time will experience a huge downfall due to this extremity.

You never know how much your life evolves around a natural resource such as water until it is taken away from you. Citizens from a small town in southern Ontario now know what is like to have this everyday resource taken away.

When washing hands, even with soap, bleach must be used to ensure that the deadly bacterium is gone. It isn't even safe to have a bowl of soup unless it is made from bottled water. No one could have any showers, do dishes or even cook many foods. Water isn't just a resource it is a necessity, a part of our lives.

Since this adversity there have been many problems, debates, and un-answered questions. A major problem after this crisis was to make sure that this tragedy could be prevented. Authorities know that this strain of E. coli came from cow manure from the local farmers fields. But how will they stop the manure from getting into the river? Ann Clark is a professor of plant agriculture at the university of Guelph. Her research intentions were...