The Stz'uminus First Nation's long-awaited water and sewer infrastructure is now ready for use, pending the signing of an imminent agreement with the Town of Ladysmith.
It is the first major infrastructure project for the mid-size First Nation and the first big step in a major economic development plan, which is set to begin once a land code agreement is passed.
Ray Gauthier, CEO of Coast Salish Development Corporation, a company under the Stz'uminus umbrella, said the current water and sewer system is a septic system and wells.He expects the new system will provide a better, safer source of water to current homes and future developments.
"It's significant in that we're moving in a direction that's going to provide a good quality service for both band members and out economic partners," Gauthier said.
Ladysmith Mayor Rob Hutchins said the water and sewer agreement is part of an ongoing partnership between the town and the First Nation, which will only strengthen as Stz'uminus moves forward.
"It's for the better of both communities," he said, adding the agreement will be signed "in the near future."
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