SCUGOG: The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation told Scugog Council on Monday, May 11 they hope to expand the boundaries of their proposed clean water project .
“As we moved through the process, we saw that servicing the casino was a possibility as it has been serviced on an independent system to date,” said project engineering consultant Steve Burnett. “The other thing that became apparent during our study was it was actually a potential opportunity to go beyond the first nation boundaries and actually provide servicing to township residents of the island which would be beyond the beneficiaries of the First Nation community.”
The deal would provide potable water distribution, as well as water treatment to residents of the municipality on Scugog Island, as well as the area’s First Nation community.
Mr. Burnett said he saw how close the township is with the First Nation community and thought this would be a good opportunity for both parties.
“One of the things that sparked this idea is that the township residents are actually in close proximity with the first nations,” he said. “It is just the opportunity that came forward and seeing if there is a chance to explore it further.”
Mr. Burnett also updated council on the project itself, adding that they have finished doing basic research on the area and have begun looking at possible technologies to use.
The next step for the Mississaugas to be able to service Scugog Island is to get approval from Regional Council. However, township staff added that this may not be easy. Members of Scugog Council had a meeting with the Region earlier about the issue and were not given great news.
“The comment back from the region was that they had no intention of urban servicing in a rural area,” said Director of Public Works and Parks Glen Smith.
Scugog Council voted to support the project and to work with the Mississaugas and Durham Region for water supply and treatment options.
The Mississaugas first brought the proposal for a new water treatment system to Scugog Council on Monday, December 8. The original proposal for the project was to bring potable water to about 60 homes in the Scugog Island First Nation community.
The MSIFN have been dealing with a boil water advisory since 2008.