A new water treatment plant has ended a 17-year drinking water advisory in Lac Seul First Nation.
Chief Derek Maud, the community of Lac Seul First Nation, and Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller celebrated the grand opening of the new water treatment plant in Kejick Bay on February 13, 2020.
“This has been a long and difficult process,” said Chief E. Derek Maud of Lac Seul First Nation. “However, I am thrilled that the new water treatment plant at Kejick Bay is complete, and that after 17 years members can drink safe, clean water straight from the tap. Thank you to our members for their patience, and to the elders and leadership for your support during this important project.”
The new facility provides clean, reliable drinking water and improved fire protection to approximately 350 residents and eight community buildings in Lac Seul First Nation, which is located approximately 40-kilometres west of Sioux Lookout. The plant meets current federal and provincial drinking water regulations and is designed to allow for future expansion. The existing water treatment plant has been decommissioned.
“Congratulations to Chief Maud and the entire community of Lac Seul First Nation,” said Minister Miller. “The completion of this water treatment facility marks a major milestone for the residents of Kejick Bay. This achievement is cause for celebration, as we work together to create positive change for the health and safety of all community members. We are pleased to have partnered with you on such an important project.”
Indigenous Services Canada invested approximately $4.7 million in support of this project.
In total, 574 water and wastewater projects have been initiated or completed since Budget 2016. These projects include new, upgraded, or repaired infrastructure. They also include feasibility and design studies to ensure First Nations have the right infrastructure systems in place for growing communities. To date, 265 projects have been completed and another 309 are underway.