October 17, 2005

H2O Innovation to provide drinking water treatment system for First Nation community

QUEBEC CITY, QUE-H2O Innovation (2000) has signed a contract for the first phase of a $2-million drinking water treatment project for the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach. The First Nation community, 16 km northeast of Schefferville, Quebec, has a population of approximately 800. The contract was awarded following the analysis of several options available for the treatment of local groundwater or surface water from Peter Lake. Membrane filtration of surface water was selected by the community and approved by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (which is expected to provide a substantial portion of the project funding) for several reasons, including the vulnerability of the groundwater source to contamination given its proximity to the community and the presence of high levels of iron and manganese. Before arriving at this decision, a pilot phase was undertaken to test the membrane filtration technology.

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