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First Nation opens water treatment plant, ending decades-old drinking water advisory

Last Updated Sep 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm MDT

Point of view shot of a man pouring a glass of fresh water from a kitchen faucet (CREDIT: naumoid, iStockPhoto)

SHOAL LAKE, ONTARIO, CANADA — Shoal Lake 40 First Nation is welcoming clean, running water for the first time in nearly 25 years.

The First Nation on the Manitoba-Ontario boundary is celebrating today the opening of its new water treatment plant, along with a new school.

The federal government says a long-term boil-water advisory for the community, which was issued in 1998 and was one of the longest in Canada, has been lifted.

The First Nation was cut off from the mainland more than a century ago during construction of an aqueduct that supplies Winnipeg with its drinking water.

The community advocated for years for a road to be built to connect it to the mainland and, in 2019, what became known as “Freedom Road” was completed.

Construction on the water treatment plant began soon after.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 15, 2021.

The Canadian Press