Water system to address growing community needs
OTTAWA, March 30, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today congratulated the community of Moosomin First Nation on the opening of their new water treatment plant. As a more efficient, less costly system, the new water treatment plant increases capacity to both meet the growing needs of the residents of Moosomin First Nation as well as to provide required fire-flow volumes for fire protection. The system also includes a built-in back-up power supply for water distribution and fire protection during power outages.
With an investment of over $5 million from the Government of Canada, the new water treatment plant will provide the community the ability to process potable drinking water that exceeds all current Canadian drinking water guidelines.
Between 2006 and 2014, the Government of Canada has invested approximately $3 billion to support First Nation communities in managing their water and wastewater infrastructure. Previous actions include the passage of the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, which enables the government to work with First Nations to develop regulations that will ensure First Nations have access to safe, clean drinking water similar to that enjoyed by other Canadians. These investments are part of a comprehensive long-term plan to improve drinking water and wastewater systems on reserve, founded on four pillars: enhanced capacity building and operator training; enforceable standards and protocols; infrastructure investments; and protection of public health.
- Funding for the water system came from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's First Nation Water and Wastewater Action Plan (FNWWAP).
- Moosomin First Nation is located 200 km north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
- The Moosomin water treatment plant project began in 2010 with a feasibility study and utilized $5.6 million of FNWWAP funds.
- Economic Action Plan 2014 committed $323.4 million over two years to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in First Nation communities.
- The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act was introduced in the Senate in 2012, received Royal Assent in June 2013 and came into force in November 2013. Regulations will be developed with First Nations, to protect the health and safety of residents on First Nation lands by implementing much needed enforceable standards.
"Congratulations to the leadership and residents of Moosomin First Nation on the opening of a new water treatment plant. Our Government is committed to working with First Nations to support strong and healthy communities. The opening of this new water treatment plant is a great example of what can be accomplished by working together."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"Access to safe, clean drinking water is vital to every community across Canada. This new plant for the community of Moosomin First Nation is fundamental to increase the effectiveness and reliability of water services in their community now and for years to come."
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"Access to a reliable, clean and healthy water supply impacts all areas of our community, from quality of life for our members, to opportunities for economic development, to our overall safety and well being. This is an investment that will benefit everyone in our community today and for years to come."
Chief Bradley Swiftwolfe
Moosomin First Nation
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SOURCE Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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