Fort Severn Emergency Water Fund

Fort Severn Emergency Water Fund

From Prince Magomo

There are about 500 people in a dire water crisis right now - including more than 100 children. Any funds directed here will be used for the purpose of supplying water to the community.

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Fort Severn First Nation in northern Ontario declared a state of emergency in March after the water treatment plant that supplies the communities with water failed.

Now winter conditions and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have left the community scrambling to deal with a major water shortage.The community has been forced to close its school and to put restrictions on the use of its health clinic. Residents also can't do laundry and dishes while water is being pumped in from the Severn River as an emergency measure.The only other way to bring water or equipment into Wasaho First Nation is by plane.It has cost the community about $45,000 to fly two planes into the community to deliver 9,000 litres of diesel fuel last year, and that price did not include the cost of the diesel itself.Right now Fort Severn First Nation needs to raise $200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Dollars) to get water, fuel, equipment, and human-power flown into the community to resolve our current state of emergency. Not to mention the safe evacuation of Elderly and children with higher care needs.

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