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Ending long-term drinking water advisories

Everyone in Canada should have access to safe, clean drinking water. The Government of Canada is working with First Nations communities to:

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Recently lifted long-term drinking water advisories

God's Lake First Nation, MB as of July 29, 2019

God's Lake First Nation, in Manitoba, lifted a long-term drinking water advisory from the God's Lake Austin Nazzie Pump House Public Water System on July 29, 2019, following upgrades to the system. The advisory had been in effect since April 24, 2005.

Standing Buffalo, SK as of July 10, 2019

Standing Buffalo First Nation, in Saskatchewan, lifted a long-term drinking water advisory from their community water system as of July 10, 2019, following repairs and operational improvements. The advisory had been in effect since May 9, 2018.

Recently added long-term drinking water advisories

Sachigo Lake, Ontario as of October 19, 2019

A drinking water advisory at Sachigo Lake, in Ontario, became long-term on October 19, 2019 after being in place for more than 12 months. Detailed design of an expansion to the First Nation's water treatment plant is nearing completion with tendering for the construction phase of the project to occur shortly thereafter. The timeline for completion of this project will be determined following the award of the construction contract.

Other news

Former water operator from Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation receives the 2019 National First Nations Water Leadership Award

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation celebrates ground breaking for a new water treatment system that will bring clean and safe drinking water to community members

Monthly progress update through August 2019 on drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves

As of October 19, 2019

Commitment: End all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve
Description of progress on lifting long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve
  • All long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves lifted by March 2021.
  • 87 long-term drinking water advisories lifted since November 2015.
  • 57 long-term drinking water advisories remain.
  • Projects underway or completed as of March 31, 2019
    • 434 water and wastewater projects to repair, upgrade or build infrastructure
    • 62 supporting initiatives like water operator training
    • 65 feasibility studies to determine infrastructure needs

Long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves

Description of long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves

This line graph depicts the number of long-term drinking water advisories in effect between November 2015 and October 19, 2019 and projected numbers of long-term drinking water advisories expected to be in effect by the end of June and December of each calendar year from 2018 through 2021. It also depicts the projected number of houses and community buildings affected by long-term advisories.

  • In November 2015 there were 105 long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves.
  • As of October 19, 2019, 57 long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves were in effect.
  • By end of December 2019 it is projected there will be 42 long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves. Approximately 2,193 homes and 124 community buildings served by a public water system will be under advisory.
  • By end of June 2020, it is projected there will be 34 long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves. Approximately 1,914 homes and 99 community buildings served by a public water system will be under advisory.
  • In March 2021 it is projected there will be 0 long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves. Approximately 0 homes and community buildings served by a public water system will be under advisory.

Ensuring essential infrastructure

The Government of Canada works with First Nations to address health and safety needs, ensure proper facility operation and maintenance, and to prevent short-term advisories from becoming long-term.

Ending a drinking water advisory is often complex, spanning multiple phases. Actions to resolve a water or wastewater issue can include:

Completion of a new water treatment system can take 3 to 4 years on average to complete. See the Life-cycle of a First Nations community infrastructure project.

Explore the map for highlights of efforts underway across Canada

The Government of Canada is working with First Nations to end long-term drinking water advisories (LT-DWAs). In the table below, "LT-DWA" refers to long-term drinking water advisories which have been in effect for more than 12 months. ISC provides funding for public water systems that serve five or more household service connections for residences that are occupied year round. ISC also provides funding for public water systems serving public facilities funded through ISC. These water systems are managed and operated by the band, a band-owned utility or qualified third party under contract.

Visit Long-term advisories affecting water systems not financially supported by the Government of Canada South of 60.

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L-T DWAs lifted since November 2015 on public systems ISC financially supported in lifting the L-T DWA: Current L-T DWAs on systems ISC financially supports in lifting the L-T DWA

Category Region First Nation Water system name Type of advisory Date advisory set Long term advisory since Actual/targeted resolution date Population Project phase Action
 
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