Cameron McLean, LEA
We are lucky in Waskaganish to get our drinking water directly from the
clean unpolluted waters of the Rupert River. A water intake facility is
approximately 5 km upstream, above the first rapids so that the tide does
not affect it.
WATER TREATMENT AND DISTRIBUTION
The water is pumped from the Rupert River for approximately 5 km to the
water filtration plant. Then the water is treated and filtered then chlorinated.
From there, the water is pumped into the water system for the community.
The wastewater treatment for Waskaganish has two flyte stations, one lower
for the older section of town, and one upper for the newer section. These
direct the sewage to the lagoons for treatment. We have three aerated
lagoons which facilitate the decomposition of material by microorganisms.
The treated water is discharged into the river.
In Waskaganish, we collect the waste with our large garbage truck, which
compacts the garbage. The truck then goes to the community dump located
around 16 km away where it is usually burned.
There is a program
that diverts hazardous waste from the community dump. Batterieis of all
sizes are collected for storage, to be shipped for recycling in the future.
We have a fluorescent light bulb crusher that safely crushes them for
future shipment, and we have an aerosol spray can puncture machine that
destroys the aerosol can and captures the contaminants in a filter.
Our plan follows
the Red Albert book that Indian Affairs perpared for the communities,
outlining the procedures to follow and emergency response numbers. The
Code of Practice also contains pertinent information. Recently an environmental
emergency plan for the airport was created.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS & PROJECTS
The annual spring cleanup is the most involved program where a total clearnup
happens in the village, giving the community a fresh look. Summer students
also help by doing touch ups during the summer. Recently, ski trails were
cut around the community to encourage outdoor activity and fitness.
OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT THAT MAKE OUR COMMUNITY UNIQUE
Our location on Rupert Bay is a special place where the last of the largest
pure free flowing rivers of Quebec still end their timeless journey to