Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

The Serpent River First Nation, located midway between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury, has started work on a new water treatment plant. The $13.36-million project received $12.36 million from the federal government, in addition to approximately $730,000 invested by the First Nation.

“This project is very important for the growth and sustainability of our community,” said Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day. “This new water treatment plant will bring real change and improvements to the quality of life of the people living here; it will also resolve a long standing issue of the human right to potable water for our families in our community.”

The project includes a new raw water intake, a 427-square metre treatment plant, an above-ground storage reservoir, and upgrades to the existing water distribution system.  The treatment plant, projected for completion by July 2015, will provide clean water for 376 people in 160 homes.

“Improving water quality in First Nation communities is a priority for our government, which is why I am extremely pleased that work on the Serpent First Nation water treatment plant has begun,” said Bernard Valcourt, minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Hello, does the Serpent River First Nation WTP system incorporate a modified slow sand filter? If so what maintenance procedures have been incorporated to: 1.) quickly establish a Schmutzedecke, 2.) while wet harrowing one bio film layer (Schmutzdecke), and keeping the other SSF’s operational in cold weather and flow running through all SSF’s, by valve manipulation, with effluent of the SSF being wet harrowed, diverting the effluent to waste or back to the attenuation/surge or raw water source tank?

    Thank you-Tim Zaporzan

    • Hi Tim,

      These are great questions. We appreciate your engagement with our article. We would like to be able to answer your questions, but we don’t have the answers and don’t work directly with the Serpent River First Nation.

      If your interest is sufficient, we’d suggest contacting Serpent River First Nation directly. They provide contact details on their website: http://serpentriverfn.ca/

      Best,
      WC team

  2. Hello, does the Serpent River First Nation WTP system incorporate a modified slow sand filter? If so what maintenance procedures have been incorporated to: 1.) quickly establish a Schmutzedecke, 2.) while wet harrowing one bio film layer (Schmutzdecke), and keeping the other SSF’s operational in cold weather and flow running through all SSF’s, by valve manipulation, with effluent of the SSF being wet harrowed, diverting the effluent to waste or back to the attenuation/surge or raw water source tank?

    Thank you-Tim Zaporzan

    • Hi Tim,

      These are great questions. We appreciate your engagement with our article. We would like to be able to answer your questions, but we don’t have the answers and don’t work directly with the Serpent River First Nation.

      If your interest is sufficient, we’d suggest contacting Serpent River First Nation directly. They provide contact details on their website: http://serpentriverfn.ca/

      Best,
      WC team

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