Pic Mobert First Nation Celebrates Grand Opening of New Water Treatment Plant

PIC MOBERT FIRST NATION, ON, June 21, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, and Chief Wayne Sabourin of the Pic Mobert First Nation announced the grand opening of the community's new water treatment plant.

The new centralized water treatment plant brings an end to two boil water advisories and ensures that members of Pic Mobert First Nation can safely consume water flowing into their community.

The Government of Canada provided over $13 million toward the design and construction of the new water treatment plant. The First Nation contributed $61,250 toward this cost-shared project.

The Government of Canada is moving forward with a new long-term strategy to address important water, wastewater and solid waste infrastructure issues in First Nations communities. Over the next five years, the Government proposes to improve on-reserve water and wastewater infrastructure by providing $1.8 billion to First Nations communities to address health and safety needs, ensure proper facility operation and maintenance, and end long-term boil water advisories on reserves.

Quotes

"All Canadians should expect access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water. I would like to congratulate Pic Mobert First Nation on the grand opening of its new water treatment plant today. We look forward to working with First Nation communities across Canada to address water and wastewater issues and fulfill our commitment to end long-term drinking water advisories on reserves within five years."

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

"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 our residents."

Chief Wayne Sabourin
Pic Mobert First Nation

Quick Facts

  • The new water treatment plant includes a below ground reservoir, pumping facilities and fire pump.
  • Existing water treatment facilities were decommissioned as part of the project.

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