A Step Forward in Ending the Water Crisis for Batchewana First Nation

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For far too long, undrinkable water for Goulais and Obadjiwan residents has inevitably forced members of the Batchewana First Nation (BFN) to purchase bottled water at a tremendous cost.

Finally, a Step in the Right Direction

On December 16th, a ground breaking ceremony was held for the new Water Treatment Facility.  Approximately one year from now, all residents will now have access to fresh clean drinking water.

The water treatment plant is a 419 square meter facility with unique architectural features. It will have a maximum capacity of 397 cubic meters per day and service the community along the new 6-kilometer water distribution line.

Once completed, the water treatment plant will provide clean drinking water for approximately 200 people residing in the community.

The water treatment plant will also employ trained permanent water treatment plant operators in the area.

BFN, the Ministry of Indigenous Services, Arcadis, Matheson Constructors and an array of community partners have all collaborated on this vital step to provide safe and clean drinking water.

Construction on this project is slated to begin in the new year.

Matheson Constructors is committed to fostering relationships and working in partnership with Indigenous peoples and Indigenous-owned companies throughout the construction of the facility.

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Colette Linden is a graduate of the three-year Broadcast Journalism and Communications Media program from Mohawk College before heading to McMaster University to obtain her degree in Public Relations. In addition, Colette has a certificate in Writing for Publication and a certificate of Competency in the French Language, . A recent resident of Sault Ste Marie, this Hamilton native gained experience working at TSN, the Ontario Medical Association and spent 14-years with the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) as the Communications Manager. A Mother of two amazing boys, Connor & Dante, Colette is a die-hard sports fan with a passion for government affairs and hopes to one day represent this City on Council. Focusing on Politics, Indigenous Affairs and Local News, Colette also reports the latest in Sports both locally and professionally. Colette joined the Superior Media Team in September of 2019 and is thankful to finish out her career with such a family-oriented and community-oriented team.