Another Indigenous community gets safe drinking water
The Government of Canada and First Nations communities have been working in partnership to improve water infrastructure on reserves and to support access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water.
Marc Miller, The Minister of Indigenous Services, congratulated Chief Rudy Turtle and the community of Asubpeechoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation) on the recent completion of upgrades to their water treatment system, including the elimination of all long-term drinking water advisories affecting the community. The improved water treatment system now provides the community with clean and safe drinking water.
“Congratulations to Chief Turtle and the residents of Asubpeechoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation). Thanks to your hard work and determination, the long-term drinking water advisories have been resolved and all residents of your community can now have access to clean and safe drinking water.” The Honourable Marc Miller Minister of Indigenous Services
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) provided over $5 million in funding for the construction of upgrades to the existing water treatment system, which resulted in the lifting of a long-term drinking water advisory that had been in effect since June 2014. This project also replaced the Snake Point Well and the Mission Road Well with water distribution connections to the main water treatment system. Both long-term drinking water advisories affecting the wells since May 2013 were deactivated in December 2019.
The Federal Government has set a mandate to have all boiled water advisories on First Nation reserves lifted as it is a basic human right. There are approximately 61 boiled water advisories waiting to be lifted off Indigenous reserves.