The federal government’s promise to be rid of all drinking water advisories in First Nations communities by 2021 has gotten harder.
At the end of 2017 67 communities were under advisory, but that number has risen to 91 as of Tuesday.
There are also 21 communities that have had water issues during the past year and are at risk of joining the long term list.
No new funding has been announced for this issue, despite a recent report from a Parliamentary Budget Officer saying more funding would be needed to meet the goal.
The community of Lutselk’e recently was under a boil water advisory, but it was lifted last Friday.
Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says she hopes 20 advisories will be lifted this year.