November 12, 2014 - 2:42 PM
KAMLOOPS - Two Indian Bands have access to clean, safe drinking water with the completion of upgraded water systems.
The announcement of the finished federal project came today in a media release from the Government of Canada. The $5.5 million upgrades to the Whispering Pines/Clinton band and the Upper Nicola Indian band water systems include new wells, reservoirs, distribution and supply lines and a pump house and treatment system.
The Upper Nicola Indian Band is located in Merritt and is home to 960 members with 380 living on reserve. They were given $2,855,930 to complete the project.
"The water system upgrade for our community has been in the plan for a number of years. The new system ensures we have a water supply safe for all uses and we can ensure that the people of this community are given every opportunity for a healthier life style. Access to clean and safe water is one of life's priorities and we thank all involved for the new improved water system," Upper Nicola Indian Band Chief Harvey McLeod says.
The Whispering Pines/Clinton band is located north of Kamloops and is home to 153 members with 53 living on reserve. Their project cost $2,170,891.
"With the completion of upgrades to our water system, we will be able to provide a safe and reliable source of water for the community and improve the quality of life for the people who live here," Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band Chief Michael LeBourdais says.
Canada's Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act was developed so the government can work with First Nations to develop regulations to ensure access to safe, clean, drinking water in their communities.
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