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Oct. 19, 2023
The northern village of Cumberland House has declared a state of emergency over a looming water shortage.
In a statement to the media on Thursday, the community said there is not enough water available to fill its reservoir for the coming winter, and that it only has enough to last the next four weeks.
“The reservoir is the only source of clean drinking water for the Cumberland House community. Losing this resource will jeopardize the health and safety of the community and people,” said the joint news release issued by the Village of Cumberland House, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S) and the Cumberland House Cree Nation.