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Water

Water is a program of the Planning and Infrastructure Department responsible for making sure that Sagamok community has access to a clean, safe supply of drinking water to their homes. 

 

A quick look at Sagamok's Water Treatment & Distribution System

  • Sagamok's water treatment and distribution systems supply water to 392 homes and 20 band buildings. 
  • Sagamok's water system is classifed as Groundwater-Supplied with a Sodium Hypochlorite Disinfection Feed System.  This means we draw our water supply from underground water sources (aquifers) and we only treat it by adding chlorine.  We have some of the best water in the world in Sagamok!
  • Sagamok's water is drawn from three wells within two pump-houses.  Halfway pumphouse operates off 2 wells and is located on Pumphouse Road.  Toulouse pumphouse is located off Fort LaCloche Road and operates off 1 well.  
  • The elevated storage tank in Sagamok's water tower has a capacity to store 900,000 litres!
  • Sagamok's Water Treatement & Distribution WTD Team includes one licensed Water Treatment Pland Operator and one Operator-Trainee.  
  • Our WTD Team is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Monitoring to Ensure the Safety of the Sagamok community and provide Great Tasting Beesh

 

Each day, Sagamok's WTD Team, 

  • monitors and records the operations of the Water Treatment Plant
  • monitors water by performing sampling and lab work on-site.  Water samples are collected from various places in our distribution system (from homes and buildings).  We bring those samples back to our lab located next to the Water Tower to measure levels of turbidity, pH, temperature, free chlorine and total chlorine.  We record all the results from this work so that we can address any concerns and ensure that Sagamok's water is the best tasting around.

Each week, Sagamok's WTD Team collects water samples from various places in our distribution system that are sent to an accredited lab where they are tested for bacteriological and E.coli (Colilert).  

 

Sagamok Anishnawbek holds and agreement with Health Canada that provides Sagamok with a consultation resource and allows Health Canada to collect samples of Sagamok's drinking water each quater (3 months).  Lisa Vincent is Health Canada's Environmental Health Officer (EHO) working with Sagamok.

 

 

Answering your questions about Sagamok's Beesh

 

What happens if our daily samples indicate high levels of turbidity?  a pH that is too high or low?  a temperature that is too high or low?  levels of (free chlorine) that are too high or low?  

 

What happens if our weekly samples test positive for bacteriological or E.coli contamination?  

 

 

Find out more about federal water quality guidelines with Health Canada's Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality that deals with microbiological, chemical and radiological contaminants and concerns with physical characteristics of water, such as taste and odour.

 

Find out more about water Turbidity with Health Canada's Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality - Turbidity

Find out more about water pH with Health Canada's Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality - pH

Find out more about water Temperature with Health Canada's Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality - Temperature

Find out more about Chlorine in water with Health Canada's Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality - Chlorine

 

 

 

Do you need to report an issue with water at your home or business?

Want to report a concern with Sagamok's water quality or distribution system?

 

Give us a call during regular business hours [8:30am-4:30pm] at (705) 865-2421. 

 

If it is after hours and it is NOT an emergency, you can leave a message at extension 260 and you can expect a return phone call during the morning of our next business day.

 

If it is after hours [Monday - Thursday from 4:30pm - 8:30am] and it IS an emergency,

you can call our on-call Operator at (705) 863-5245 or (705) 863-2608.