Horse Lake First Nation in Alberta celebrates new water treatment system

Horse Lake First Nation celebrated the opening of their new water treatment system in September 2018. The original system in Horse Lake was constructed in the 1980s and required a significant overhaul. Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) worked with First Nation partners throughout the design and construction of the new water treatment system, which was designed specifically to treat groundwater that is under the direct influence of surface water sources.

The M2 Engineering Firm working on the project just received an Award of Excellence in the "small firm – big impact" category from Consulting Engineers of Alberta. ISC Alberta worked in lock-step with this firm and Horse Lake First Nation to work collaboratively toward delivering safe potable water to the community for years to come.

The new water treatment system is critical to the community's efforts to ensure future generations have access to clean water. ISC invested $9.5 million to support construction of the system, and it meets all of the Canadian drinking water quality guideline requirements. The importance of the water treatment plant is explained by Councilor Nathan Horseman: "Our families can finally draw a bath with clean water".

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