Project Completion – Poplar Hill First Nation

Pump Replacement to a Remote Community During a Pandemic

For Northern and First Nations communities, the reliability of essential services and their associated equipment is critical. The selection of something as relatively small as a wastewater pump comes with a litany of factors and considerations.

  • Replacements must be shipped during ice road season,
  • Spare parts have drastically extended lead times and more expensive shipping,
  • Technicians are stretched thin over a vast region and training of these technicians on specialized components is not always possible.

The Poplar Hill First Nation selected the Vaughan chopper pump back in the 1980’s for its reliability, ability to handle unexpected solids and low maintenance requirements. Now, approximately 40 years later, they needed to replace those pumps and satisfied with the robust performance of those decades-old chopper pumps, the band returned to the brand they trusted for new Vaughan chopper pumps. Working with the operators at the Keewaytinook okimakanak/northern chiefs council, we were able to get these pumps ordered in time to make the 2022 ice road season amid COVID supply chain troubles.

We trust the customer is as satisfied with these pumps as they were with the originals, and we look forward to hearing from them again in the next 40 years.

Photo credit: Mr. Jim Priebe, School Principal