Work Continues on New Water Treatment Plant

In preparation for construction of the new water treatment plant, ground clearing works are occurring now in the field southeast of Pitt Road and will continue into the woodlot next week after the existing boreholes have been staked out.

There will be surveying works, tree clearing and grading conducted at the site of the new water treatment plant (see the area boxed in yellow), over the next 10 days, between November 2-9.

Residents, especially hunters, are asked to please exercise caution when in this area as there will be individuals (surveyors and contractors) at work in the bush.

Water Treatment Plant Construction Launched With Ceremony

A ceremony was held Wednesday morning, on September 23, to mark the start of construction of the new Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and distribution system. The ceremony was attended by community members, Chief Nadjiwon, Councillors, and Water Treatment staff. Water Treatment Manager Fred Dubeau was instrumental in organizing the ceremony.

Paul Nadjiwon led the prayers, offerings and drumming. The ceremony in portions spoke to the Thunderbird that resides in our area, to the manidoog of the land that will be disturbed to put in the new road and WTP, and to the water spirit in the Bay. Representatives of the firms contracted to assess, design and build the WTP and distribution system also attended the ceremony and were pleased to be part of such an important part of our unique development process.

Construction of the new road to the build site will begin in the next week. Access to safe drinking water is a basic human right. While First Nations across Canada struggle with their water supply, clean, fresh water from the tap is often taken for granted by urban, non-Indigenous Canadians. When our new WTP is completed, it will open a new chapter for Neyaashiinigmiing, in which residents will enjoy piped, potable water without the anxiety, inconvenience, and health concerns associated with chronic boil water advisories.

Ceremony Planned for New Water Treatment Plant

A ceremony will be held next Wednesday September 23rd, 2020 at 10:00 AM to celebrate and welcome the new water treatment plant and distribution system being developed.

The ceremony will be held at the intersection of Wilmers Road and Pit Road, and performed by Paul Nadjiwon.

All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Bathymetric Survey to be Conducted for New WTP

As part of the ongoing development of the new Water Treatment Plant (WTP), engineering firm Monteith and Sutherland will be conducting a bathymetric survey of the Bay near the new WTP location. A bathymetric survey gathers water depth information, as well as the contours of the lake bed. The survey will inform the new WTP’s intake location and depth.

Topological Survey Being Conducted for New WTP

JD Barnes will be coming to Nawash for two to three weeks beginning August 24, to survey the areas around the existing booster pump stations, and sections of some roads along the distribution route. The technicians will be collecting topographic information to better inform the new water distribution system design. JD Barnes crew will mark out the pavement on the following roads with water-based survey paint that will wear away in time:

  • Dock Road
  • Boundary Road
  • Pit Road
  • Point Road
  • Lighthouse Road
  • Prairie Road
  • Port Elgin Road

Archaeological Assessment Taking Place as Part of New WTP

A Stage 2 archaeological assessment will be conducted along the distribution system route of the new Water Treatment Plant (WTP). This assessment will require hand excavation of 30 cm deep shovel test pits, and raking along wooded areas, pastures and linear infrastructure corridors. The project team will consist of William Fitzgerald, who has worked with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation for many years, and experienced community archaeological field technicians Adrienne Brennan and Avery Robichaud. The archaeological work is anticipated to take six weeks, beginning the week of August 17.

If you are driving in the community, please be mindful of the assessment staff working on the roadside. The following areas will have archaeological work conducted in the upcoming weeks:

  • Future water treatment plant
  • Access road from Pit Road to the future WTP
  • Pit Road, from Wilmer’s Road to Community Centre Road
  • Wilmer’s Road, from Pit Road to Lighthouse Road
  • Chick’s Road
  • Point Road
  • Dock Road
  • Prairie Road, from Health Centre to 401 Road
  • Link between Prairie Road and Firehall Road
  • Link between Maadookii Crescent and Prairie Road
  • Sandy Beach Road
  • Parts of Port Elgin Road and Boundary Road