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Federal government to boost First Nations water improvements

Following the contaminated water crisis in Kashechewan, northern Ontario, in November, the federal government has r...


Following the contaminated water crisis in Kashechewan, northern Ontario, in November, the federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to spend $1.6 billion program on improving water and wastewater services for First Nations.
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada’s stated goal is to reduce the number of high-risk water supply systems from an estimated 29% in 2003 to zero by March 2008. Medium risk systems will be reduced from 46% to 16%.
The government says it will also be introducing a more effective program to monitor water quality on reserves, along with a comprehensive program to ensure reporting and compliance. First, however, it has to establish a set of clearly defined standards, protocols and policies.
The government says it will also ensure that certified water operators are available to give technical support to First Nations communities, until local operators are fully trained.