Sep 15, 2011

Canadian Minister Congratulates Saddle Lake First Nation on Opening of New Treatment Plant

New water treatment plant to provide drinking water for local First Nation communities

Canada’s Honorable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, congratulated Saddle Lake First Nation yesterday on the opening of its new water treatment plant in Alberta province.

"Our government is strongly committed to working with First Nations to address the important issue of safe drinking water," said Duncan. "This project will create real and tangible long term benefits for the community of Saddle Lake First Nation."

The new water treatment plant will use a reverse osmosis membrane system that will minimize chemical use, and will ensure the facility meets the latest water quality protocols. This project was made possible due to the combined investments of $13 million from Canada's Economic Action Plan and the department's First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan.

By the end of 2013, Canada will have invested approximately $2.5 billion in water and wastewater infrastructure for First Nation communities since 2006. The Canadian government will continue to work with First Nations to invest in infrastructure, monitoring and capacity, and remains committed to the development of legislation to support standards addressing safe drinking water, wastewater treatment and protection of drinking water sources.