Naicatchewenin celebrates new water treatment facility with grand opening

By Robin McCormick
West End Correspondent

Last Wednesday was the grand opening of the Naicatchewenin (North West Bay)

First Nations water treatment facility. This project was a long time coming. In 2006/2007 a Water Shortage and Treatment Facility Study was done. Between then and now, much work and research by a dedicated group of individuals, working through tough decisions and Covid restrictions, has resulted in an amazing, state-of-the-art facility.

This $14-million project will enable residents of Naicatchewenin First Nations to enjoy an endless supply of water for drinking, bathing, laundry and any other water needs. There will be no further water boiling required after the hydro goes out for a period of time. The previous plant constructed in 1985 was over-capacity, for the 300 people living on Naicatchewenin.

Tim Romyn (Building Director)Terry Smith (Water Treatment Technician Operator) Donald Smith (Water. Treatment Operator) enjoy a much deserved break during the grand opening of the new water treatment facility. – Robin McCormick photo

Terry Smith (Water Treatment Technician Operator) and Donald Smith have been trained and will continue their expertise working with this water facility as they did the previous one. Tim Romyn (Building Director) will be readily available for any help that may be needed.

Chief Wayne Smith was on hand to share words of pride and accomplishment to all who saw this project through.

The Grand Opening started with Dennis Smith and Tommy Councillor smudging the new Water Treatment Facility, both in and outside. This is done to cleanse the building of evil spirits. The opening prayer and pipe ceremony was performed by Tommy Councillor.

Chief Wayne Smith and others shared words of thankfulness and respect for the many people it took to make this day possible.

A complete tour of the facility impressed all who had the good fortune to share this experience.

A beautiful luncheon was enjoyed to end of grand opening.

* This news story will continue next week.