August 2019 – As many residents are aware, ARCADIS Design and Consultancy were here in the community during the month of June conducting water quality assessments for any home owner who had provided an “expression of interest” to participate in the project. As of June 27th, they had successfully sampled and tested 58 homes, as well as all of Hiawatha First Nation’s businesses and operational facilities.
The assessment included: a resident questionnaire, a combination of water quality and quantity testing, a well and septic inspection as well as an examination of any existing Point of Entry (POE) water treatment equipment currently being used.
They are currently conducting an analysis on all of their findings and will begin the process of preparing conceptual designs to address water quality and quantity needs. These designs will combine elements of decentralized drinking water systems as well as upgrades to POE equipment, with the longer term goal of enabling Hiawatha to tie new infrastructure into a centralized drinking water system that could serve the entire community.
Once the designs are prepared and costed, Council will then be better equipped to gauge what the most effective solution for the community will be. The intent is to have the design with the lowest life-cycle costs and the design that services the most citizens with reliable, clean drinking water in the future.
We would like that thank all home owners who participated in the project for their ongoing interest, cooperation and the wonderfully warm welcome that we received while visiting your homes and properties.
We will keep you updated as the project progresses and provide the follow-up on each of your particular needs in addressing water quality issues.