North Caribou Lake

Design of new water treatment plant underway; installation of interim package treatment plant complete

Project tracker

Projected lift date: September 2024


Home to 948 people living on reserve, North Caribou Lake in Ontario is improving access to safe, clean drinking water in the community, with support from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).

There is 1 long-term drinking water advisory affecting 291 homes:

  • a boil water advisory for the North Caribou Lake Public Water System was set in March 2020 and became long-term in March 2021

North Caribou Lake completed a feasibility study that examined options to meet their long-term water and wastewater needs. A new water treatment plant was recommended and design is underway.

The community also installed a packaged treatment unit to improve access to clean drinking water while building the new water treatment plant. The package plant is a modular plug and play treatment system that has proven to provide potable water to meet the community's short-term needs. ISC’s Environmental Public Health Officer (EPHO) has recommended a lift and is working with Chief & Council to support the lift.

ISC's EPHO provides advice and guidance regarding drinking water quality, including sampling and testing, and supports community-based drinking water quality monitoring, including training. The Centralized Water and Wastewater Hub, delivered by Windigo First Nations Council and funded by ISC, is also providing operational support.

Source: Victor Li, Indigenous Services Canada

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