The Kehewin Cree Nation has been under a boil-water advisory since 2011
Taps are flowing with cold clean water once again in Kehewin Cree Nation, after the community built a new water treatment plant.
The boil water advisory had applied to all homes on the public water distribution line.
In 2018, Kehewin Cree Nation began construction on the new $13.9 million water plant, while also replacing the water line to the core area of the community.
With more than 1,100 residents, it's one of 73 First Nations across Canada that has had a drinking-water advisory in place for at least one year.
“There are younger generations that have lived their entire life under a boil water advisory, now they’re adults and they’re able to go without thinking if the water is safe or not. I think it’s a good day, and a good time for them to realize that they’re in a good state where they can feel safe to use the water now. It brings a lot of reassurance to the community,” Chief Vernon Watchmaker said in the release.
Earlier this year, a drinking water advisory was also lifted at the Whitefish Lake First Nation, that had been in place since May 2011.