British Columbia’s Cowichan Tribes celebrated the completion of water system upgrades on July 28. The project, which received $2.3 million in federal funding in 2014, will enhance the quality and quantity of drinking water in the community, and provide more reliable fire protection.

“Our Government continues to take actions that improve the health and quality of life of First Nations,” said MP for Vancouver Island North John Duncan, who was on hand to recognize the project. “That’s why we made a key investment in the upgrade of the Cowichan First Nation’s water system that will benefit the community for years to come.”

The project included a connection to the City of Duncan’s water supply, the construction of a chlorination booster system, and the installation of approximately 1,400 metres of water supply lines. The Cowichan Tribes has a registered onreserve population of a little over 1,200, and is located in Duncan.

“This has been an ongoing project for at least 35 years and it’s now complete,” said Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour. “The completion of this project is a good step in bringing safe services to our community members.”

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