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Water treatment plant connections result in lifting of drinking water advisories

Five long-term advisories now resolved


March 29, 2022
By Indigenous Services Canada

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Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, Ont. – Five long-term drinking water advisories have been lifted in Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation following connections made to their water treatment plant.

The advisories had been in effect since 2008 on five water systems in the community. They were lifted after the First Nation extended its water distribution system, connected the buildings to the system and decommissioned the existing systems.

The new connections to the water distribution system provide clean and reliable drinking water to approximately 280 homes, 20 semi-public buildings and 756 community members. Water flowing to these buildings through the distribution system meets all current federal and provincial drinking water requirements.

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One boil-water advisory will continue for the public works garage, which will be resolved through future water distribution phasing under Infrastructure Canada’s Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund.

“The completed Phase III $19.5 million Waterline Project provides support for our residents to have full access to a dependable and safe drinking water supply,” Chief R. Donald Maracle of the Mohawks of the Bay Quinte First Nation said. “Improving access ensures the health, safety, security and economic well-being of our community, which is so vital to our residents. We look forward to future waterline projects slated for 2023.”

Patty Hajdu, minister of Indigenous Services, said the recent lifting of five long-term drinking water advisories in Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Chief Maracle and the many teams that made this happen.

“We will continue to support First Nations in building and repairing infrastructure based on their priorities to help build healthier and more prosperous communities,” she said.