15 years is a long time to wait for a reliable source of clean drinking water but that’s how long a first nation in British Columbia has been under a boil water advisory and that’s about to change the cbc’s Jesse Johnston the semiahmoo first nation is some of the prettiest property in the province 172 hectares of Oceanfront real estate you think this is some of the most valuable land in the world but there’s a problem semi almost been water boil water advisory for the past 15 years permanent boil water advisory for past eight years it’s a cruel reality for the 40 or so band members and hundreds of others who live here surrounded water with none to drink at least not yet this week the sfn struck a deal to tap into the city of Ceres water supply for me today it’s a real tear-jerker for me so important this signing ceremony the cause for celebration this moment has been a long time coming to understand how long take a closer look at who is celebrated that’s 89 year old Mabel Charles clapping along to the beat order agreement with Siri more than 40 years ago she says he finally got his wish a proud moment for a proud woman and her daughter too and I want in my mom to witness in her lifetime that we were able to get this done and still needs to upgrade its ancient infrastructure before it connects to Surrey systems but if all goes well that will happen next spring and there will once again be reason to celebrate not just because there will finally be clean tap water but also because the next generation won’t have to fight for something most consider a basic human right Jessie Johnston CBC News the First NationThe Semiahmoo First Nation — which has been on a boil-water advisory for the past 15 years — has finally struck a deal that will provide potable water and sewer services for the community. Chief Harley Chappell signed an agreement this week with the City of Surrey, B.C., at a council meeting.
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