Ottawa to examine First Nation’s water system after residents voice concerns – CBC

Jan 29, 2019

Move to ‘explore viable options’ to ensure safe drinking water in Garden Hill comes after CBC investigation

The federal government says it will look into what it would take to improve the water and sewer system in Garden Hill First Nation in Northern Manitoba — a fly-in reserve where many residents refuse to drink their tap water for fear it’s unsafe.

About 180 homes in the community lack running water and indoor plumbing altogether.

Michel Burrowes, a deputy director with Indigenous Services Canada, said the federal agency decided to move ahead with a feasibility study “in part” because of concerns raised by a recent CBC investigation that revealed Garden Hill residents struggle to access clean water.

But he said there is no guarantee that the study will lead to any changes to the reserve’s current water and sewer system.

“The fact that a feasibility study has been done is not a commitment to funding,” Burrowes said.

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