Something in the Water - Are Canadians Drinking Asbestos?: W5
Catalogue Number: CTV934
Producers: Miller, Derek
Directors: Hughes, David
Producing Agencies: CTV Television
Subject: Canadian Social Issues, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Health and Medicine, Science, Social Issues, Social Sciences
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2023
Running Time: 21:59
W5 investigates the threat of asbestos cement pipes buried underground across Canada. These pipes, installed decades ago and all nearing end-of-life, were still not only in use but were also delivering tap water to Canadians. And as these pipes deteriorate and fail — they leach asbestos into the water.
The science, however, on ingesting or drinking water with asbestos is still hotly contested. But there is a growing body of research that suggests ingesting these fibres could elevate the risk of stomach and other gastrointestinal-related cancers.
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