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14-year drinking water advisory finally lifted

Residents of Slate Falls First Nation now have safe tap water

SLATE FALLS FIRST NATION, Ont. -- A longstanding drinking-water advisory for residents of northwestern Ontario's Slate Falls First Nation is finally over.

Over the past 14 years, community members have been told to boil their water before consuming it.

On Monday, Chief Lorraine Crane and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott announced the advisory had been lifted following the completion of a new water treatment plant.

The federally-funded plant cost $11.6 million.

In addition to providing safe water, the new system enhances fire protection capacity through the installation of additional fire hydrants and pumps.

Crane said Slate Falls First Nation residents are "excited to finally be able to drink water right from the tap" and are looking forward to not having to buy water or boil it.

Slate Falls is located about 120 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout.