Zhiibaahaasing Water Storage and Distribution System Upgrades

The project proposes the design and construction for a new water supply system in the community of the Zhiibaahaasing First Nation. The scope of the project includes:

  • A new low lift station building with an extension of the existing intake to the new wet well.
  • New low lift pumps with a connection to the existing raw water forcemain used for the new Emergency Water Treatment Plant.
  • New water treatment plant with slow sand filtration (reusing the existing filter and two new filters), UV disinfection reactors, chlorination (reusing the existing chlorination system), clear well or tank for new high lift pumps.
  • Emergency flows, peak flows and fire flows would be provided via gravity from the at grade standpipe, plus 150mm, 200m, 250mm & 300mm diameter watermain with hydrants and 28 water services.
  • The watermain pipes would be installed along the main road from the new water treatment plant into the community and would allow for Zhiibaahaasing First Nation to build homes and institutional facilities as needed on Sagon Road.
  • Water treatment plant parking lot is required (proposed asphalt) for site access and will include adequate drainage.
  • An access road to the standpipe will be required and will interest Philips Road and extend southern and southern west approximately 560m to the proposed standpipe site.

The Project aims to provide potable drinking water storage and distribution system upgrades for the community of Zhiibaahaasing so they may have safe and reliable access to clean drinking water that meets the provincial regulations. The new system will also provide fire protection which has been a problem in Zhiibaahaasing.

Latest update

Notice of Determination

2024-05-15 - Infrastructure Canada has determined the proposed Zhiibaahaasing Water Treatment and Distribution Project (Project) is not likely to cause signifincant adverse environmental effects. 

This determination was based on a consideration of the following factors:

  • Impacts on rights of Indigenous peoples;
  • relevant potential environmental effects;
  • comments received from the public; and
  • technically and economically feasible mitigation measures. 

Mitigation and monitoring measures taken into account for this determination included active and adaptive management measures that would be implemented for the protection of the local environment. Based on the consideration of these measures, Infrastructure Canada is satisfied that the carrying out of the Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. 

Therefore, Infrastructure Canada may carry out the Project, exercise any power, perform any duty or function, or provide financial assistance to enable the Project to be carried out in whole or in part.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
3 Notice of Determination - May 15, 2024


Infrastructure Canada
Taslema Khan, Indigenous Consultation and Environmental Assessment Officer
Telephone: 343-551-0416
Email: taslema.khan@infc.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Zhiibaahaasing Indian Reserve. No. 19 (Ontario)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Water Management
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Zhiibaahaasing First Nation
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
    • Infrastructure Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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