Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation

Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation

November 03, 2005 15:46 ET

Media Advisory: OFNTSC-Technical Briefing on First Nations Water and Waster Water Treatment

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 3, 2005) - Representatives of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) will hold a news conference in the Queen's Park Media Studio at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 4, to offer technical expertise to the provincial media.

OFNTSC are the leaders in water and wastewater management in First Nations communities operating under the mandate of the Ontario First Nations' Chiefs in Assembly. OFNTSC services are offered to all 128 First Nations in Ontario.

Post-Walkerton, a Risk Assessment Study of First Nations' Water and Wastewater Systems in Ontario was conducted by the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA). Ninety-five high and medium risk water systems were identified as well as 38 high and medium risk wastewater systems on First Nations communities in the province.

Following the OCWA Risk Assessment, the OFNTSC undertook a detailed engineering assessment study covering 15 high risk First Nations communities.

OFNTSC has developed a unique training system - The Circuit Rider Training Program (CRTP) - which offers training to First Nations plant operators in water and wastewater management.

Representatives of OFNTSC, identified below, will be available to discuss the Corporation's programs and to answer media questions.

Contact Information

  • Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
    Michael Nepinak
    Executive Director
    (416) 651-1443 x 239
    mnepinak@ofntsc.org
    or
    Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
    Derek Kamanga, P.Eng.
    Quality Assurance Engineer
    (416) 570-3374
    or
    Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
    Irving Leblanc, P.Eng.
    Branch Manager, Toronto Service Centre
    (416) 529-6778
    http://www.ofntsc.org