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Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation celebrate groundbreaking for new water treatment plant – Anishinabek News

June 5, 2024

ALGONQUINS OF PIKWÀKANAGÀN FIRST NATION – Long-term, sustainable access to clean drinking water is coming to Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation with the construction of a new water treatment plant and distribution system.

On May 29, alongside Chief Greg Sarazin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services Jenica Atwin marked this significant milestone at a ceremony in the community.

Members of the First Nation have long advocated for a new water treatment plant since they have been reliant on at-risk individual private wells. A new and reliable source of water supports both the long-term health and safety of community members and the prevention of long-term drinking water advisories.

Construction work on the new plant and distribution system is expected to be completed in late 2025, and will provide safe, clean drinking water to over 200 homes and several community buildings.

The project is a result of an effective partnership between Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation and Indigenous Services Canada, with significant contributions made by long-time community advocate Merv Sarazin, former Public Works Manager in the community, who started this water treatment plant project 30 years ago.

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