Case Study 1 - IR25 (Nickeyeah)
Lifting of Long-Standing BWAs at in Nickeyeah (IR25) (partnerships with Lytton First Nations, INAC, FNHA, KWL, BI Pure Water, Lillooet Contract-ing, University of Guelph, Université Laval and UBC)
Status: Completed in 2015. This project is summarized in the following online documents:
Click the cover image below to open a PDF sumamry of the Lessons Learned.
As part of our community engagement activities, we also worked with partners including Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council/ShchEma-mee.tkt Project, Stein Valley Nlakapamux School, Lytton Elementary School and Hannah C/Reel Youth Productions to engage Lytton’s youth to learn about their local water situation, the Nickeyeah IR 25 Project and the broader RES’EAU program. After holding an information session and a one-day workshop for youths to learn about their local water situation, youth were given a tour of the local watershed and treatment plant to learn about the challenges of water management and sustainability. They then summarized their experience and learning by creating short videos about water in their community. Click the screen shot below to view one of videos.
Case Study 2 - IR3 Spintlum and IR11 Yawaucht
Development of a Strategy on the Cost-Effectiveness of Point-of-Entry Solutions for Small and Rural Drinking Water Systems with Full Participation of Homeowners (partnerships with Lytton First Nations, INAC, FNHA, Trojan Technologies, VIQUA, Home-Plus, FN’s OWN BC & YT and UBC ) Status: Two First Nations reserves in British Columbia (IR3 Spintlum and IR11 Yawaucht in the Lytton First Nations) celebrated the lifting of long-standing boil water advisories
(BWAs) in 2017 using the Community Circles approach.The project united the efforts of several partnering organiza-tions including the First Nations Health Authority, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the First Nations’ Op-erators Water Net for British Columbia & Yukon Territories and private manu-facturing, consulting and contracting firms. They worked closely throughout fourth quarter of 2016 with the Lytton First Nations leadership, dedicated wa-ter operators and residents, to assess the feasibility of point-of-entry (POE) systems to meet site-specific needs of individual systems (those serving fewer than five homes).
These systems were not included in the national assessment conducted by INAC between 2009 and 2011.
Specifically, the pilot program sought to determine the circumstances under which a POE approach would be cost effective compared with other alternative treat-ment options. The team will continue to identify site-specific considerations that could impact the system’s effectiveness, such as water quality variations, water demand, pilot test protocols, public edu-cation, technology selection, installation, operations, monitoring plans, liabilities, capital and O&M costs and logistic and administration strategies.
By the end of 2016, new POE systems were in place, and the BWAs were lifted in January 2017. Follow-up work to assess the community’s satisfaction and collabo-ration with the residents and operators to monitor system performance and O&M costs are ongoing.
Information and data gathered during this period will help to determine if POE systems are a robust, cost-effective solu-tion for small, remote communities where a centralized water system would be cost prohibitive.