Sunday, December 11, 2011

Jean Marie River NWT gets new water treatment plant (NNSL)

New water treatment plant improves water quality in Jean Marie River

Roxanna Thompson
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, December 8, 2011
A new facility has Jean Marie River residents drinking the community's tap water instead of buying bottled water. 
NNSL photo/graphic

Gerald Grossetete, Jean Marie River's water treatment plant operator, records measurements of the new plant's functions from a computer screen. Grossetete said the new plant is a vast improvement over the community's previous water treatment system. - Roxanna Thompson/NNSL photo
Jean Marie River's new water treatment plant started operations in October. Designed and built by Corix Water Systems of Vancouver, the plant arrived mostly constructed inside a 18 by five metre trailer.
"People are proud of this plant," said water treatment plant operator Gerald Grossetete.
"They've been waiting a long time for this," he said.

Bottled water
Before the new plant was installed, the majority of the community's residents bought bottled water from Fort Simpson for drinking and cooking. The water delivered to houses from the old plant was only used for dishes, household chores and cleaning, he said.

Grossetete said community residents have been telling him the water from the new plant tastes much better.
Richard Sanguez, a water truck driver, agrees.
"It's good," he said. "Tea tastes good, coffee, everything."

The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) assisted Jean Marie River with getting the new plant.

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