Plant ground breaking ceremony a step toward adequate water for Six Nations

Ohsweken – A new water treatment plant will open up many possibilities in the Six Nations of the Grand River territory.

“The water plant represents an unleashing of Six Nations ability to provide housing, commercial development and institutional development that were, for the past 10 years, stymied by a lack of potablewater,” said Six Nations Elected Chief William Montour. “Our new plant is sized to eventually provide water to the entire Six Nations community.”On April 16, Chief Montour welcomed Indian and Northern Affairs Acting Regional Director Stephen White, INAC Acting Director of Funding Services South Doug Hodges and Brant MP Phil McColeman. Together they participated in a ground breaking ceremony.

Chief Montour pointed out how vital this water treatment plant will be. “In today’s world, we seem to forget the importance of the value of water in everyday lives,” he said. “This plant will give Six Nations people an adequate source of safe water.”

Over the years, the need for a new water supply and treatment system grew. The existing plant is operating beyond capacity and faces treatment challenges. Presently these challenges are handled with supplementary water treatment processes.

In the past few months, the raw water main located west of the Chiefswood bridge was installed from the Grand River to the Chiefswood Road and Highway 54 intersection. This part of the project continues on Pauline Johnson Road up to the new water plant site across from the old bingo hall. Plant construction will begin in the summer and is expected to be done in late 2011.

The new system will include raw water intake system, raw water storage, low lift pumping station, water treatment system, on site treated water storage, back-up diesel power generating system and new water treatment plant building.

Once completed, this new facility will provide for community growth, new economic development and the present and future needs of community members including enhanced fire protection.

The project is jointly funded through Canada’s Economic Action Plan (CEAP) and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).

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Karen Best
Communications Officer
Six Nations Elected Council
519 445- 2201 ext. 240
kbest[at]sixnations.ca

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