The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation will be awarding a contract to begin upgrading its water treatment facility. Meanwhile interim upgrades, funded by the federal government, will be designed to provide a safe and reliable source of water for residents in the community. Additional upgrades will include installing a pre-treatment system that will remove the manganese and/or iron. Upon completion, the upgrades will bring the plant up to provincial standards. The work is expected to go to tender soon and to be completed by late 2014. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada has also provided support for a feasibility study for a new water treatment plant to be considered as part of future community improvements.