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.

Community Asked to Conserve Water During Tower Cleaning

The Neyaashiinigmiing water tower will be shut down for cleaning and water upgrades during the week of Sunday, August 9 until Sunday, August 16, 2020. During this maintenance period, Neyaashiinigmiing residents are asked to conserve water as much as possible. For example, do not water your lawn, wash your vehicle, or water your garden any more than necessary.

Due to the nature of the work being conducted, there is a chance that water service may be temporarily interrupted during the maintenance period. We will strive to keep the community informed of any changes to the water service.

Also, residents are reminded to continue boiling their water. Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute before using.

Any questions may be directed to the Water Treatment Plant staff, at 519-534-4599.

New Water Treatment Plant Environmental Assessment Continues

LGL Environmental is returning to Neyaashiinigmiing to continue the environmental assessment work for the new water treatment plant. Be advised that LGL will be in the community before 8:00 AM on the mornings of July 23 and July 27, 2020, to conduct botanical surveys at the location of the new water treatment plant, in the field between Maadookii Crescent and Firehall Road, and along roads throughout the Community.

Species at Risk Survey Taking Place July 10

Neyaashiinigmiing is moving ahead with plans for a new Water Treatment Plant to resolve chronic water quality issues in the community. The proposed site for the new WTP is south-east of the intersection of Wilmer’s Road and Pit Road. As part of the site analysis, a test well has been drilled to monitor ground water levels.  Geotechnical work will also be conducted throughout the Community to identify the soil conditions for the future water treatment plant and water distribution system.

An environmental assessment of the WTP site and distribution area is also underway, which will include species at risk analyses.

On July 10, LGL Environmental will be in Neyaashiinigmiing conducting species at risk surveys for breeding birds in the areas of:

· the new proposed water treatment plant;

· the associated distribution system, in particular two greenfield segments of the distribution system:

· the access route to the proposed water treatment plant (road extension).

A new WTP is urgently needed in our community. As caretakers and children of our Territory, we will ensure that a robust environmental assessment, and appropriate response, is a part of this important project.