Since November Inuvik’s drinking water has been meeting national standards. While the $19 million water plant was officially announced open Wednesday the town took over operations last month.
Senior Administrative Officer Grant Hood says the water is now crystal clear.
“We don’t have to switch half way through the year because of the turbidity and solids in the river that our plant couldn’t handle before, now it can, so the big change is we have one source for water year around,” explained Hood.
The project has been in the works since 2013. Before the town had to rely on water from Hidden Lake in the summer and the Mackenzie River in the winter.
While chlorine is still required, Hood says it’s less than before.
Veolia Water Technologies Canada, Nappaq Design and Construction, McDonald Bros Electric, Simpson Industrial Services, Northwind Industries partnered on the water plant project.
Hood added the town’s aging sewer line is in dire need of upgrades, and will be tackled next.
“We are doing a 10 million dollar sewer line replacement that came from another clean water fund from the Federal and Territorial Government,” said Hood.
More than half of the system has already been replaced, with the remainder expected to be complete by fall 2018.