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First Nation Water


2018/5/24

NAICATCHEWENIN FIRST NATION, ON: BWA DUE TO PUMP FAILURE



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On May 20, a precautionary Boil Water Advisory (BWA) was issued by Health Canada for the Naicatchewenin First Nation.

The cause behind the precautionary Boil Water Advisory is emergency repairs done at the water treatment plant due to a pump failure on Sunday, May 20.

"The pump was repaired the same day, and the water plant is working without any problems, but the advisory was issued as a precautionary measure," said Donald Smith, responsible of the maintenance of the Water Treatment Plant.

The Anishinaabeg of Nagaajiwanaang, also known as Naicatchewenin is composed of three settlements: Rainy Lake No.17A, Rainy Lake No.17B and Agency No1. The advisory applies to residences located at Rainy Lake No17A. "There are around 87 homes affected by the advisory," said Smith.

The administration of the Naicatchewenin First Nation expects that the advisory will be lifted as soon as May 24. "We did test samples yesterday, and we are doing them again today. So, it should be lifted tomorrow," explained Smith.

Meanwhile, affected residents in the Naicatchewenin First Nation are advised to boil their tap water for at least one minute before drinking it.

Alternatives to boiling water include using bottled water or water that has been processed by one of the following methods: Distillation, reverse osmosis, filter water using a 1 micron absolute or less filter size.

Once the advisory is lifted a notice will be delivered to residents.

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