The community of Pikangikum First Nation is celebrating the fact that they once again have clean water to drink. The federal government has announced a boil water advisory that has been in place since December, 2016 has finally been lifted.

The federal government says that the community completed repairs to their water treatment system and back-up power system to restore the supply of clean drinking water.

"I am pleased to share more progress on our government’s commitment to lifting all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve. Four long-term advisories were lifted in September, with 71 having now been lifted since November 2015,” said Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services.

The federal government continues to say that they will end all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves by March of 2021. Seventy-one long-term drinking water advisories have now been lifted from public water systems on reserve since November 2015.

Budget 2016 provided $1.8 billion over five years toward water and wastewater infrastructure. These investments have supported 463 water and wastewater projects in 587 First Nations communities, serving 444,000 people. 

The City of Kenora is also looking at ending a longstanding boil water advisory, by adding the community of Wauzhushk Onigum to the city’s system.

A drinking water advisory becomes long-term when it has been in place for over a year.

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