Stream Q: First Nations - Water and Wastewater Issues

 

13.4 The Aboriginal water health project: Partnering with First Nations communities to improve drinking water access

13.5 Teamwork makes a tough job easy

 


 

13.4 The Aboriginal water health project: Partnering with First Nations communities to improve drinking water access

Presented By: Kaitlynn Livingstone, University of British Columbia.
Time: Tuesday, 3:50 - 4:20 PM

Access to drinking water is an ongoing concern for a number of First Nations communities within British Columbia as many communities continue to be on boil water advisories. It is important to recognize that in these communities, investing in infrastructure alone will not be sufficient to ensure long-term water access. In order to improve water access, technical solutions must be implemented with an understanding of the social, economic, and political factors that influence the sustained operation of the drinking water treatment system. The Aboriginal Water Health Project is a collaborative project that seeks to engage with communities and other stakeholders to understand issues of water access. This work aims to approach issues of water access from both technical and non-technical perspectives in order to determine what solutions will be appropriate for a community. Working collaboratively with stakeholders has shown that relationship and trust building between stakeholders is integral for the successful implementation and operation of treatment systems. Talking to community members about their concerns about their water has been important for determining priorities for community water planning. This work has highlighted the need for more input and consultation from community members, community leadership, and water operators during the design of treatment systems. By building connections between stakeholders and creating a culture of collaboration around system design, the voice of communities can be heard and incorporated to ensure community appropriate water treatment solutions.

 

13.5 Teamwork makes a tough job easy

Presented By: Brian Chatwin, Chatwin Engineering Ltd.
Time: Tuesday, 4:20 - 5:50 PM

"Halalt First Nation Community Waterworks System Upgrading"

Project Synopsis:

This project is a unique example of how difficult problems can be resolved to the benefit of the project by cooperative collaboration between the client, engineer, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and the contractor. The upgrade to the Halalt First Nation water system required a new water source, water treatment facility, new water storage reservoir, a supply and distribution line, which crossed a railroad crossing, a supply and distribution system that crossed a high value salmon bearing creek and a side hill with a 100% slope.

Many of the problems of this complex project were solved at the design stage, but alternative solutions presented themselves during the course of construction that proved to provide benefits to the maintenance of the constructed system, as well as being more financially beneficial. The Halalt First Nation is on Vancouver Island in the vicinity of Crofton. The Community has 40 houses and is built on the flood plain of the Chemainus River.



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