ENOCH CREE NATION, ALTA. — A First Nation in Alberta is celebrating the completion of a new water pump house system project.
Representatives of Maskekosihk (Enoch Cree Nation #440) and the federal government attended a grand opening on Jan 9. on Treaty 6 land to mark the start of the new pump house.
The project included building a new water supply line, new water reservoir and a pump house in order to provide a sustainable drinking water supply to the community. The project connects to the City of Edmonton’s water supply and the old water treatment plant will remain in service as a source of non-potable water for fighting grass fires.
“This project, which began construction in November 2016, directly closes a fundamental gap in the quality of life between Canadians and Enoch Cree Nation families. Furthermore, this project provided 18,000 hours of employment to 38 Enoch member employees and is the foundation for our residential and commercial development vision,” Enoch Cree Nation Chief Billy Morin said in a statement.
The Government of Canada contributed $13.6 million towards construction of the new facility, and Indigenous Services Canada continues to work in partnership with the Enoch Cree Nation to ensure water and wastewater systems are safe and effective.
The 2016 federal budget put $1.8 billion over five years towards water and wastewater infrastructure, with the 2017 budget adding $49.1 million over three years towards access to safe drinking water and an additional $172.6 million over three years committed in Budget 2018 for water infrastructure in First Nation communities.