Water for Indigenous Communities in Canada

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Families living in Serpent River First Nations Community are facing water problems. In 2015, the government announce that a water treatment plant was to be built in Serpent River, since their water was polluted. After the facility was built, it was started off with success. Later the associates were confronted with a major concern: the organic matter observed in the water from many streams and streamlets, but it was overseen as a minor concern because it was a natural thing to happen in a swamp-like environment. Immediately, a 14 day testing trial began and in the first couple days, Trihalomethanes (THMs) were indentified in the water; they exceeded the acceptable level for drinking. THM levels increased, and testings now show that there is 200 micrograms of THMs per litre of water. THMs is a result of filtration process breakdown, which meant that the plant wasn’t doing its job, therefore a no consumption advisory against drinking water, cooking, and bathing was initiated. Families started going back to using bottled water. We want to get more people be aware of this problem. #waterforindigenous



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