The Piapot First Nation, northeast of Regina, is slowly getting back on its feet after a fire this week destroyed its water treatment plant.
Chief Jeremy Fourhorns said everything isn’t back to normal, but they are close.
“It’s still not up to the level that we would supply normally when we had the plant running, but within the next day or so it should be back up to those normal levels.”
A boil water advisory is in effect at this time and will be for a while longer.
Chief Fourhorns said many have come through with bottled water donations which is greatly appreciated.
While water has been restored, Fourhorns said if those donations can continue it would be great.
“We’re still collecting the bottled water because when our plant went down, and because there was a drop in the water lines, as soon as there’s depressurization in water lines, then we automatically have to go to a boil water advisory.”
He adds a new plant would take about 18 months, but the plan right now is for a downsized facility which if all goes well will be done by the end of next month.
While water is flowing again to buildings and houses, Fourhorns said they still consider themselves to be in a state of emergency.