Two First Nation communities celebrated water infrastructure grand openings last week.

The Wagmatcook Band of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia opened its new wastewater treatment plant and completed upgrades to its existing sewage treatment lagoon. These projects include the construction of a new extended activated sludge system to replace the existing stabilization pond serving the north side of the reserve.

On the other side of the country, the Gitanmaax Band and Village of Hazelton in British Columbia completed upgrades to their water treatment system. Upgrades to the water treatment plant will improve service to homes in both communities and facilities including schools, community halls and the hospital. The project included the installation of equipment to improve water quality and to increase the capacity of the plant. A new pre-treatment system will help reduce maintenance and lower operating costs.

Photo: Minister Duncan and Chief Norman Bernard at the opening of the Wagmatcook Sewage Treatment Facility. aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

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