Ground Water Canada

Update on long-term DWA on public systems

September 7, 2018  By Ground Water Canada

Ottawa – After adding a long-term drinking water advisory in August, Indigenous Services Canada has provided an update on advisories on public systems on reserve.

A long-term drinking water advisory was added in Wabaseemoong Independent Nations, Ont., after a short-term advisory had been in place for 12 months. Indigenous Services Canada said it is working with the community to make maintenance repairs to existing water infrastructure to restore safe drinking water.

Since November 2015, 67 long-term drinking water advisories have been lifted from public water systems on reserve, and 73 long-term drinking water advisories remain in effect, Indigenous Services Canada said in a news release.


A total of 359 water and wastewater projects to repair, upgrade or build infrastructure are now underway or complete in First Nation communities in Canada. Another 51 water operator training and other supporting initiatives are underway or complete and 53 feasibility studies are underway to determine water and wastewater infrastructure needs.

The federal government has committed to lift all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve by March 2021.

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