Details of Nanaimo's watersharing agreement with Lantzville are still being considered, which is why no progress has been made nearly five months after terms were finalized.
Nanaimo city staff agreed to move forward on finalizing an agreement with Lantzville in June in a 5-3 vote, but the mayor of Lantzville said he has not heard anything since.
The district currently uses a groundwater system and is set to negotiate access to Nanaimo's water systems.
Nanaimo City Manager Ted Swabey said the agreement is not valid yet and is still under discussion by the two governments. "It has not been ratified and, really, we're still considering the details of the agreement at this point," he said.
"A consensus has not been reached as of yet. We expect this will be brought forward in the near future."
Lantzville Mayor Jack de Jong is anxious to start negotiations.
He said the district has already contributed money to Nanaimo's economy as per its side of the agreement and he wants to connect to the city's taps as soon as possible. Lantzville's current groundwater system has caused problems with contaminated water and has limited resources.
Nanaimo Coun. Bill McKay said the water-sharing agreement is one of many projects that have been delayed because of changes at city hall.
"I'm not surprised that it has delayed," he said. "There have been a lot of staff changes and reorganizations and a new city manager. A lot of projects have been delayed because of it. Also, a lot of efforts have been directed toward the Colliery Dams."
In June, De Jong said he was "very confident" things would move forward with the water sharing agreement. Under the agreed terms, the Lantzville will have to pay $1.3 million to connect 225 homes in upper Lantzville. Nanaimo is trying to find a new water source because, according Mayor John Ruttan, the city will face a crisis by 2020 without a new water source.
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