Water supports life, and without water, life would be insignificant. The whole of the globe is struggling to obtain adequate and quality water in constant supply. The Saskatchewan province in western Canada is even worse, according to a special report by Annie Burns-Pieper on The Tyee featuring the title “Bad water sickens First Nations: But Government Doesn’t Track the Toll.” The water crisis within Saskatchewan contributes significantly to health issues within the province due to inadequate water supply and consumption of contaminated water. This study researches the existence of the health issue, the impact on individual and community health, and proposes possible solutions to these concerns and the role of community healthcare nurses in the facilitation of these solutions.
Water is an important component of every-day living: highly essential for good health when consumed clean. There is an outcry for the government’s failure to provide potable water to the Canadian and tracking the impacts the bad water has on the community. According to the report on The Tyee (2021), the government has neglected its mandate. The mandate to provide the public with clean water and keeping data regarding community health, especially health issues resulting from bad water usage. As a result, contaminated water has become a community issue and health concern impacting community health negatively.
Community Health Issue
The unavailability of quality drinking water has complex ways in which it affects the health condition of members of a community. For decades, the majority of the Canadians have been boiling their water, and an increasing number of those attending drinking water advisory (Levasseur & Marcoux, 2015). A survey of risk factors and perception of drinking water quality in rural Saskatchewan indicates a general perception that tap water is not safe to drink (McLeod, Bharadwaj & Waldner, 2015). In another study, undesirable health conditions got associated with the quality of drinking water. A significant percentage of the First Nations community on self-reported health effects indicated. The environmental factors get linked with the quality of drinking water high level of dissatisfaction with tap water arising from self-reported health issues (Waldner et al., 2017). With most indigenous communities relying on risky water systems and drinking water advisories, their associated health risks continue elevating and community health engraved. Once the community health gets negatively impacted, the country’s economic status will suffer regression effect an undesirable phenomenon prevented: through the provision of portable and quality drinking water coupled with efficient and effective tracking of water-related health issues.