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David Suzuki: More action needed to ensure safe water for First Nations –

by ahnationtalk on February 14, 2018180 Views

February 13th, 2018

All nine community water systems on Lytton First Nation land in B.C. have been under boil-water advisories at one time or another. Now the First Nation is taking an innovative approach to resolving its drinking-water problems.

It’s working with public and private organizations and universities in a “circle of trust” to identify challenges and test solutions in real-world conditions. The approach came about as the result of a partnership with RES’EAU-WaterNET, a strategic research network under the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Because problems with drinking-water systems vary, RES’EAU-WaterNET works with communities like Lytton First Nation to gain insights early on in the process. With Lytton First Nation’s water-treatment operators at the centre of an “innovation circle,” they and experts from government, universities, consulting firms, water companies, and contractors identified and piloted several options for providing affordable, sustainable water-treatment solutions. Community members, including elders and youth, were also included in discussions.

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