Band’s water system upgraded

The Okanagan Indian Band’s water system has experienced some upgrades.

  • Dec. 19, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The Okanagan Indian Band’s water system has experienced some upgrades.

Through $4,655,433 from the federal government, the band has received new distribution and supply lines, a pump house, treatment system and reservoir.

“Our government will be funding important upgrades so community members can have the same access to safe and clean water that other Canadians enjoy,” said Colin Mayes, Okanagan-Shuswap MP.

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

The Okanagan Indian Band is home to 1,959 members, 823 of whom live on reserve.

“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,” said Byron Louis, band chief.