The Woodland Cree First Nation has completed the $4-million Marten Lake, Alberta water pipeline and fill station, ensuring safe drinking water for the registered population of 800.

The project, funded by the Government of Canada through the First Nation Water and Wastewater Action Plan, will “benefit [community residents] in two ways: quick access to safe, clean drinking water and a reduction of costs for water operations and maintenance,” said Chris Warkentin, MP for Peace River.

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt added that, “Our Government remains committed to supporting improvements for water systems in First Nation communities to ensure they have the same access to safe, clean drinking water as all other Canadians. I am pleased to congratulate the residents of Marten Lake on the completion of their project. These investments are steadily increasing the effectiveness and reliability of water services in communities across Canada.”

The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act was passed in June 2013. The Government of Canada continues to invest in reserve water and wastewater systems, committing $323.4 million over two years through the First Nation Water and Wastewater Action Plan.

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