By: The Working Forest Staff
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Dave Smith, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Indigenous Affairs and Member of Provincial Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; David Peter Mushquash, Chief of the Pays Plat First Nation; and Duncan Michano, Chief of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation, announced funding for drinking water treatment improvements on the Pays Plat First Nation, and the construction of a new water treatment plant for the Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.7 million in these projects, and the Government of Ontario is contributing approximately $908,443 through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan.
Pays Plat will use the funding to replace outdated control systems at the water treatment plant. Chlorine dosing pumps with automatic switch-over capacity will also be installed, the drinking water reservoir and distribution valves cleaned, and the diesel fire pump motor replaced with an electrical motor to remove the risk of diesel contaminating the reservoir. In addition, new sand filters, low and high lift pumps, and distribution system valves will be installed.
These upgrades will improve the treatment and quality of drinking water, help prevent system failure and extend the life of the asset.
On the Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation, the existing water treatment plant will be decommissioned and a new water treatment plant built, complete with an infiltration gallery, a low lift station with wet well and low lift pump chamber, and a below-grade reservoir. In addition, a new conventional water treatment system, high lift pumps, fire pumps, and a new septic system will be installed.
The new water treatment plant will be easier to operate and monitor, and deliver high-quality water and better fire protection for community residents.