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Water Today Title October 22, 2018

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The Water distribution pipes on the Miawpukek First Nation reserve, better known as Conne River, are being converted from copper to plastic, causing system issues which have promted Health Canada to issue a Boil water advisory.

"We're under voluntary BWA," says public works director, Glen Benoit. "The repairs have caused a number of leaks along the system. The advisory affects the whole community of about 900 people." Although NL Environment lists the reason for the advisory as E.coli, "the Health Canada notice does not mention E.coli," says Benoit. "Some coliforms showed and we are dealing with it"

Miawpukek, which means "Middle River", is the traditional Mi'kmaw name for Conne River. Located on the South Coast of Newfoundland in Bay d'Espoir, the Miawpukek First Nation is the only recognized Reserve on the island of Newfoundland. It was officially designated as Samiajij Miawpukek Indian Reserve under the Indian Act in 1987. Since then, according to its website, the community has thrived, going from a poor, isolated community with almost 90% unemployment to a strong vibrant community with nearly 100% full time/part-time employment.

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