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Long-term DWA lifted on 4 reserves in June


July 3, 2018
By Ground Water Canada

Ottawa – Four long-term drinking water advisories were lifted in First Nations communities in June, according to the Ministry of Indigenous Services.

Curve Lake, in Ontario, lifted a long-term drinking water advisory on June 6, said the ministry in a news release. The advisory affected a seniors complex in the community and was lifted following repairs and enhancements to the water treatment system.

Miawpukek, in Newfoundland, lifted a long-term drinking water advisory on June 13 following repairs to the distribution system and equipment.

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Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation, in Manitoba, lifted a long-term drinking water advisory on June 22. The advisory was lifted following upgrades to the water treatment system.

Big Island Lake Cree Nation, in Saskatchewan, lifted a long-term drinking water advisory on June 25 following an assessment and training to improve operation and monitoring of the water system.

In the 2016 budget, the federal government committed to end all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve by March 2021

“I encourage all Canadians to follow progress on this commitment at www.canada.ca/water-on-reserve,” said Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott.

According to the release, 66 advisories in total were lifted since November 2015 and 33 drinking water advisories were added during that same time. There are currently 72 long-term drinking water advisories affecting public systems on reserve.