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Water Today Title November 27, 2020

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First Nation water


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By Jan Rose

A Boil Water Advisory put in place February 2015 at Ray's Gas Bar on the Sucker Creek First Nation Reserve at Lesser Slave Lake is still in force. It will probably remain valid for some time.

Spokesperson Lloyd Wallace said only bottled water is available to the public. "Contaminated water is used only for scrubbing floors."

Lloyd estimates the holding tank for water contains approximately 10,000 gallons.

The gas bar on the 700-person reserve located approximately 22 kilometres east of High Prairie also has a small convenience store.

The reserve's health centre refused to comment on the BWA or the type of infection in the water, referring Watertoday to the gas bar's owners who couldn't be determined.

The reserve is home to reserve-owned civil and oilfield construction businesses, as well as right of way and vegetation control firms that supply labour crews, aerial man-life trimming crews, herbicide spraying and fire management.


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