Mr. Speaker, in my region the local municipality is allowing developers to group houses together, drill their own wells and maintain their own water supply in their neighbourhoods. There is no scrutiny on this at all. They are required to meet an original or basic standard, but then it is up to that small neighbourhood or community to maintain that water quality and keep testing it.
That is no good. Whether it is one of these small neighbourhoods or individual farms scattered across the country, this is really the enormous problem. Unless we come up with a program whereby the federal government actually requires or provides the funds for free water testing, we are always going to have this danger.
This debate has only been about communities. It has not been about the millions of Canadians who get their water from private sources. This is where the government could act and should act.