Safe drinking water on First Nations gets $4M boost from federal government
– Project that trains and supports water plant operators expands to 19 northern Ontario First Nations –
CBC News, Oct 13, 2016
More than a dozen First Nations in northern Ontario can participate in an innovative Indigenous-led solution to drinking water problems in remote communities thanks to a $4 million investment announced Wednesday by the federal government.
The Safe Water Project was started as a pilot project by the Keewaytinook Okimakanak First Nations in 2015. Three of the five communities involved have since been able to lift their long-standing boil water advisories and a fourth is expected to do so soon.
“If we can make this work for Fort Severn, the farthest community north in Ontario, we can make it work anywhere,” said Chief Paul Burke of Fort Severn First Nation on the coast of Hudson Bay, one of the five communities that started the project.
It offers training to certify local water plant operators so they can run the complex water systems that often break down in remote communities. It also provides up-to-the-second water-quality monitoring and support for the operators, from headquarters in Dryden, Ont.
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