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A purple and blue ribbon was cut as part of the ceremony for the new state of the art Water Treatment Plant.

Starting a New Future: Water Plant Grand Opening

01/24/14 – The saga of the new Six Nations Water Plant first began with an announcement inside the Administration Council Chambers on March 19, 2009.

“This is an important day for the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory,” says William K. Montour, Elected Council Chief, Six Nations. “This new water treatment facility will create a stable source of clean water and will greatly enhance the quality of life within Six Nations. It is a step in the right direction and the efforts of all involved to make this happen are greatly appreciated. Together great things can happen.”

On April 16, 2010, a Ground Breaking Ceremony was held on the site set aside for the new water plant where construction was to be underway. The new plant is located on Pauline Johnson Road.

Then Chief William k. Montour from that day … Chief Montour pointed out how vital this water treatment plant will be. “In today’s world, we seem to forget the importance of the value of water in everyday lives,” he said. “This plant will give Six Nations people an adequate source of safe water.”

This plant will open up further possibilities as Chief Montour explains. “The water plant represents an unleashing of Six Nations ability to provide housing, commercial development and institutional development that were, for the past 10 years, stymied by a lack of potable water,” he said. “Our new plant is sized to eventually provide water to the entire Six Nations community.”


What would follow from that day forward were obstacles as construction was supposed to be underway in earnest. Construction stopped due to federal funding delays and regulations. To fill the gap in funding, Council secured a $15 million loan from the Royal Bank. This opened the door to move on contracts for the plant on Pauline Johnson Road.

Then on September 28, 2011 Six Nations Elected Council entered into a contract with Maple Reinders. The firm will oversee construction of the new Six Nations water treatment plant.

When construction on the new water plant drew to a close on Friday November 8, 2013, an open house was held for community members who were taken on tours to see the plant in action. On January 24, 2014, Six Nations Elected Council celebrated the new Water Plant grand opening.

In 1987/88, the water plant was drawing in water out of the Mackenzie Creek and a mud hole, stated (former Chief) Bill Montour. He gave credit to Chiefs who went through many years of ensuring good drinking water for the community.

As the population grew, the plant eventually became a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week operation, running at over three times the capacity.

Many speakers mentioned the need for safe water for current community members and future generations. The old plant was built to last for upwards of 5 decades.

Chief Ava Hill thanked everyone for their hard work and their dedication in building this new plant. Community members and guests were offered tours in the plant and enjoyed refreshments.






 
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