Before the Safe Water Project was implemented in May 2015, five of Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s communities experienced both short- and long-term drinking water advisories. Since its implementation, the boil water advisories in Fort Severn First Nation, Deer Lake First Nation and Poplar Hill First Nation have ended, and it is expected that North Spirit Lake First Nation will soon have its fifteen-year-old boil water advisory lifted. Additionally, each of Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s communities have been able to predict and prevent numerous boil water advisories.
Before its implementation, only one out of 14 local water operators in Keewaytinook Okimakanak had the required certification to run their water treatment plant without any operational support or assistance. Between May 2015 and December 2015, this figure jumped to nine out of 14 local water operators.
In October 2016, Keewaytinook Okimakanak received additional federal funding to expand to 14 more First Nations, bringing the total number of communities supported by the Safe Water Project to 19. Keewaytinook Okimakanak looks forward to working with these new communities.