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Water Today Title November 18, 2019

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2019/10/10

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SEMIAHMOO, FIRST NATION BC: UNACCEPTABLE MICROBILOGICAL QUALITY



Joanne Charles is Councillor for Semiahmoo First Nation, with offices located on Beach Road, Surrey, BC. WaterToday reached Councillor Charles by phone between back to back meetings she had scheduled until 8pm that evening. “I handle pretty much everything here, I am the water technician and everything else but the lawn mower”, was the response. WaterToday was unable to reach Councillor Charles for more information on the community water system, which has been listed under a Boil Water Advisory issued by the First Nations Health Authority for “unacceptable microbiological quality due to equipment malfunction during treatment or distribution” since October 13, 2005.

William Olscamp, Media Relations spokesperson for Indigenous Services Canada provided an emailed statement on First Nations water management, stating “The responsibility for safe drinking water quality in First Nations communities is a shared responsibility between First Nations and the Government of Canada. First Nations are owners of their water and wastewater systems and are responsible for their daily operation and management. Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) provides funding and advice to First Nations in the planning, procurement, design, construction, operation and maintenance, and commissioning of their water and wastewater facilities. More information on ISC investments in water and wastewater facilities is available online. “

Local area resident Darlene Clark told WaterToday by phone that the BWA does not impact her home on Beach Road, but she knew of the BWA at Semiahmoo, she could make no comment but urged us to keep trying Ms. Charles. “The mailbox is full”, was the response.

gillian@watertoday.ca







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