Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O'Regan says he's committed to building a new water plant and finding an alternative source of fresh water for the troubled reserve of Attawapiskat — but he's not ready to offer a timeline for those promises.
Following his trip to the northern Ontario community Sunday, O'Regan announced what he said would be short-term and long-term solutions to provide safe drinking water to residents.
"I told them I am committing to a water treatment plant," O'Regan told CBC News Tuesday. "Council and chief have agreed to participate in a comprehensive community plan. And that allows us to pull everything together to figure out what we need to do."
In July, the Attawapiskat band council declared a state of emergency after tests showed elevated levels of trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs) in the community's drinking water, exceeding Canadian standards.
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