Band’s water system upgraded

On Dec. 15, Okanagan Shuswap MP Colin Mayes helped celebrate the completion of upgraded water systems

  • Dec. 18, 2014 1:00 p.m.

On Dec. 15, Okanagan Shuswap MP Colin Mayes helped celebrate the completion of upgraded water systems for the Little Shuswap Lake Band and Okanagan Indian Band.

Each community received new water wells, distribution and supply lines, and a pump house and treatment system. Okanagan Indian Band’s system also received a new reservoir.

For the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band, the funding helped to connect two water systems between the main community and the north subdivision which will maximize water quality, quantity and fire protection.

This $9.9 million investment by the federal government will allow both First Nations to better provide their members with clean, safe drinking water.

Funding for the upgraded water systems came from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada:

Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band’s water system was $5,291,885 and the band invested an additional $135,230.

Chief Oliver Arnouse of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band stated:

“This project is indicative of the shared commitment between governments to provide safe drinking water for our community. Things grow where water flows and the upgraded water system will certainly help our community grow as we complete our land use plan and work towards further upgrades to our infrastructure. We thank the government for the investment and look forward to future collaborations to build capital projects and to build relationships.”

Remarked Mayes:

“We recognize that improving water and wastewater systems on reserve is crucial to supporting healthy, self-sufficient and prosperous First Nation communities…”


Just Posted

In Photos: Crowd thrilled at S-Games in Sicamous

The celebration of two-wheeled transportation showed off daring athletes on all kinds of bikes.

Water quality makes swimming unsafe at three beaches near Salmon Arm

The Adams Lake Indian Band has issued a water quality notice affecting beaches at three campgrounds.

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges cadet program on gendered policy

He wants the policy to be more gender inclusive

Okanagan-Shuswap Weather: Summer sun for Sunday

The forecast for the week ahead shows some rain but plenty of sun and warm tempertures.

In photos: Uptown Askew’s Family Day

The Uptown Askew’s Family Day event was filled with classic cars, face… Continue reading

July showers wash out half of the Okanagan’s cherry crop

Cherry growers say this is the worst season they’ve seen in decades

Donkeys await your hugs and scritches at anniversary event

Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge invites public to help celebrate 20 years of care.

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Second osprey chick dies, Okanagan web cam off

The second chick in an osprey nest featured on the Town of Osoyoos website has died

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

Fire department helps with body recovery in Okanagan Lake

Penticton fire department assisted the RCMP with the recovery of a body Saturday

Police on scene at Penticton beach

RCMP were at a what is believed to be a crime scene near Skaha Beach Sunday

Most Read