Concerns raised about drinking water as chlorine delivered by rail held up by blockades

Hundreds of freight trains are at a standstill across Ontario, not moving because of ongoing rail blockades.

One organization has now raised concerns about the impact it could have on drinking water since the chemicals needed to treat it are transported by rail.

“We are very concerned actually,” says Cathy Campbell, president of Responsible Distribution Canada.

Campbell says large cities and municipalities could run out of chlorine in a week or two.

“There are some pretty big municipalities in Ontario that got their last delivery on Monday this week and were told ‘this is it,’” says Campbell.

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