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New $13-million water treatment plant opens in Duncan’s First Nation, Alta.

Community welcomes safe, clean drinking water

March 4, 2024  By Ground Water Canada

Duncan’s First Nation, Alta. – The northern Alberta Indigenous community recently celebrated the opening of its new water treatment plant, ensuring safe, clean, and reliable drinking water for the community now and for future generations.

The collaborative project between Duncan’s First Nation and Indigenous Services Canada replaces the community’s outdated water treatment system and is designed to provide the community with a sustainable water supply for years to come. The project included the establishment of a new raw water supply, installation of modern water treatment equipment, and construction of a new treated water reservoir and building.

The newly unveiled water treatment plant underscores the community’s dedication to the well-being of its members and sets the stage for upcoming initiatives that will depend on a reliable water supply.


Indigenous Services Canada provided approximately $13 million to support this community-led project.

“With the building of our new water treatment plant, we feel secure in the future health and safety on our First Nation,” Chief Virginia Gladue of Duncan’s First Nation said. “We anticipate having a good, plentiful supply of safe drinking water in our community. We will now have the water pressure necessary to supply all our current and future housing and community buildings. We also will be able to have the right equipment to supply our future fire hall and trucks with adequate water to fight fires.

“We will also have the water we need to build our planned trout pond facilities and vertical farming we are working on to become food secure in our First Nation. The water treatment plant has been designed to meet the needs of our community today as well as into the future of our growing population.”

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