3 steps for resolving drinking water issues in First Nation communities

Text Description for 3 steps for resolving drinking water issues in First Nation communities

1.  Acknowledge water issue

  • Health Canada, community-based water monitors and/or local operators monitor water quality
  • Health Canada reviews, interprets and shares results with First Nations communities and other stakeholders
  • Health Canada recommends to chiefs and councils the issuance of a Drinking Water Advisory (DWA)
  • Chiefs and councils issue a DWA to community members

2. Identify and address cause of DWA

INAC provides guidance to First Nations to solve DWAs.

  • if cause is operational, INAC offers capacity building to First Nations
  • if cause is technical, begin a procurement process to determine scope of work to resolve issues

Steps in an infrastructure project

  • feasibility study
  • design
  • plan construction
  • begin construction
  • commissioning

3. Lift DWA

  • Health Canada confirms water quality meets standards and chiefs and councils lift DWA
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