Whitefish River First Nation awards contract for new water reservoir

WHITEFISH RIVER—Whitefish River First Nation (WRFN) has awarded the contract to construct its new elevated water reservoir to Ceccetto and Sons Ltd. The project is to begin immediately and be completed by October 2018.

“This investment by the Government of Canada supports our shared commitment to improving health and safety on reserve,” said Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott in a press release. “I commend Chief Shining Turtle for his vision and work to make this project happen, which will bolster the community’s access to clean, safe drinking water and its ability to fight fires.”

The elevated storage reservoir will serve the community’s long-term drinking water needs and provide sustainable long-term water pressure to improve fire protection to the community’s residents and infrastructure.

“Our elevated storage reservoir will complement our existing community infrastructure,” said WRFN Chief Shining Turtle. “Our citizens depend on safe and secure drinking water from source to tap. These are services counted on by most Canadians and the citizens of Whitefish River are no exception.”

As The Expositor previously reported, the $3.5 million project includes $345,000 for the design. WRFN was awarded the funding in late summer and went to tender for the project in the fall.

“The existing tower didn’t meet the community requirements,” explained the chief, who noted that the current tower was built in the 1990s. “This project fits within our 20-year capital plan and is something that we have been working towards since 2007. The current tower was limiting our community’s ability to grow. It wasn’t easy, but our council kept working towards this and we are happy that this project has been approved.”

Construction on the new reservoir is scheduled to begin immediately and is to be completed in October 2018.