A local man who invented a water filtration system in his garage has been taking a look at water on First Nations.
Peter Christou is the founder and managing director of Swirltex, and he recently went on a tour of 12 Canadian First Nations.
Christou tells 630CHED’s Ryan Jespersen, people understand the drinking water epidemic, but it’s larger than that.
“Everyone is worries about the drinking water side,” he says. “But when sewage is flowing into the rivers from the communities, or there’s not proper wastewater treatement, it really affects the communities.”
Christou says in 80 percent of the communities he visited, the facultative lagoons are contaminated with solids, which need to be pumped out. He says visiting these communities was like walking into a third-world country.
“If I was showing these conditions to somebody from the States, or from England, I think they’d be appalled that people in Canada, a rich country, are living like this, and that the First Nations, specifically, are living like this.”
He says a good solution would be for tech companies to partner up with First Nations, so they can work together on permanent, long-term answers. (scb)