The completion of three water treatment projects in northern Manitoba will ensure safe drinking water supplies and improved wastewater management for hundreds of individuals and families living in remote northern Manitoba communities, Minister of Central Services Reg Helwer and Minister of Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations Alan Lagimodiere announced.
“Providing clean, safe drinking water and well-maintained water treatment infrastructure is a core responsibility of governments, to ensure healthy communities,” said Helwer. “We are committed to continuously improving the social and economic conditions in northern Manitoba and today we celebrate the completion of these water projects and express our appreciation to everyone involved in this critically important work.”
These capital investments build on previously announced projects, which included $500,000 toward water treatment infrastructure in eight Northern Affairs communities. The following three projects were completed in the last several months and the sites are now operational:
- $1.8 million for Sherridon Water Treatment Plant upgrades, including adding the addition of a two parallel water microfiltration unit that will more than triple the water treatment plant’s capacity;
- $1.9 million for upgrades to the Seymourville Wastewater Treatment Facility; and
- $767,000 for water treatment plant generators in Camperville, Duck Bay and Waterhen.
“Having access to a reliable supply of safe and clean drinking water is a basic human right and is also in line with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action,” said Lagimodiere. “Reconciliation is not what we say, but what we do, and I am pleased that these developments demonstrate our commitment to closing of the gap in quality of life between Indigenous people and other Manitobans.”
Lagimodiere noted that the three capital projects directly connect with Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations mandate to empower communities with efforts to advance sustainable economic growth, prosperity and a brighter future for the region.
The projects were completed in the last several months and the sites are now operational.