Six Nations of the Grand River opens new water treatment plant
SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER, ON, Jan. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
Development Minister Bernard Valcourt, the Member of Parliament for
Brant, Phil McColeman, today congratulated Six Nations of the Grand River on the opening of its new water treatment plant.
MP McColeman described the project as one that would bring "lasting
economic benefits" to the community. The new water treatment plant will
provide safe drinking water to existing and future users and can
support up to 7,370 users.
This cost-shared initiative encouraged the involvement of the community
in all aspects of the project and will provide the resources for
long-term sustainability of the community and the families that live
The new plant's capacity much improved: the plant now has a total
production capacity of 4,050 cubic meters of water per day, which is
significantly higher than the actual production capacity of 1,036 cubic
meters per day provided by the old plant.
Between 2010 and 2012 alone, Canada invested in 47 major water and
wastewater infrastructure projects completed by 45 First Nations or
The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, which received Royal Assent earlier last year, will enable safe
on-reserve drinking water and wastewater treatment by developing much
needed regulatory safeguards.
The Government of Canada has provided more than $26 million towards the
construction of this $41.4 million project for the new water treatment
plant, and Six Nations of the Grand River invested approximately $15.4
million towards this project.
"Improving water quality in First Nation communities is a priority for
our Government and I am extremely pleased that the residents of Six
Nations of the Grand River can now access clean drinking water from a
new water treatment plant in their community. These kinds of
investments are steadily increasing the effectiveness of water services
in First Nation communities."
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister
"Canada's participation in this cost-shared project is a direct result
of our commitment to taking concrete steps to create the conditions for
stronger, healthier, more self-sufficient First Nation communities."
Member of Parliament for Brant
"This project is very important for the future economic growth and
development opportunities in our community. The new water treatment
plant will provide a safe and reliable source of water for the
community, and will help to bring real change and improvements for
people living here."
Chief Ava Hill
Six Nations of the Grand River
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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