Overworked, underpaid: Ottawa’s chronic underfunding leaves Indigenous water operators behind – Global News

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Overworked, underpaid: Ottawa’s chronic underfunding leaves Indigenous water operators behind – Global News

by ahnationtalk on February 22, 20218 Views

Gregg Brewer doesn’t have the luxury of turning his phone off.

His office, an ageing water treatment plant in Tobique First Nation, lies just a few hundred feet from the banks of the St. John River, about two hours northeast of Fredericton, N.B.

If something goes wrong, his cell is often the first to ring.

Every day, Brewer makes sure the water flowing through the whirring pipes of the plant is safe for his community’s 2,500 residents to drink.

He tests the chlorine and turbidity levels in the water supply. He records pump times, checks the wells, and logs the consumption of the past 24 hours.

Read More: https://globalnews.ca/news/7645545/overworked-underpaid-broken-promises/

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