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About Our Water System

helenaToday, in celebration of  Day 2 of Public Works Week, Councillor Helena Edmonds, who holds the Public Works portfolio, shares her observations and insights  about the nation’s water system.

In the picture of above you’ll notice Public Works manager Stan Lester checking the water. Stan is one of two Red Seal plumbers who are responsible for keeping our community’s water supply safe.

In the picture of above you’ll notice Public Works manager Stan Lester checking the water. Stan is one of two Red Seal plumbers who are responsible for keeping our community’s water supply safe.

Lil’wat Nation has 25, 400 meters of water lines that need integrity water sampling done on a constant basis. The water is tested at least twice a week to make sure it is safe and healthy for all our members. Samples are immediately incubated and tested. Then samples are sent for further complete analysis.

The water system includes three pumping stations including electrical and electronic controls that pump hundreds of thousands of liters per day, keeping the community healthy and safe.  As well as reservoirs to be maintained, tested and monitored. Feeding more than 400 homes, businesses and institutions like the schools, gas station, health centre and Ullus.

Our ongoing projects include volumetric pumping tests, distribution integrity as well as health and safety measures. The crew has to know how much water is flowing, where it is going and that it exceeds all standards.

There are hurdles to overcome, such as; every water system has ageing parts that are well past their ‘best before date.” Our Public Works crew works with a lot of imagination, little budget and great innovation to keep all systems running and our people safe. All this is done with a limited group of qualified personnel. Our hope is to have more Lil’wat members certified to join our crew.

Come back tomorrow to learn about the nation’s waste management systems.