There's new research that suggests real-time monitoring technology at water treatment plants could significantly reduce drinking water advisories on First Nation reserves.

Edward McBean from the University of Guelph says tracking flow rates and chlorine levels instantaneously can help lower the number of precautionary boil-water advisories that can linger on reserves.

Researchers suggest the number of advisories could be reduced by more than 36%.

McBean says this proposed method is just a part of the solution to the drinking water problems on reserves.