The Semiahmoo First Nation have been given 18 months to find a new water supply and council member Joanne Charles says they had no notice whatsoever.
“It was shocking for us to find this out, we were unaware of it and were caught off guard.”
But White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin, whose city had been providing the service despite it being on land belonging to Surrey, says the Semiahmoo First Nation gave the city legal notice to remove pumps from the property back in March while still maintaining water service.
“If we can not come to some kind of agreement for the pump station, and if we have to remove the other pipes from your property… you know we have to come to some kind of arrangement for the water and sewer service.”
An agreement was never reached.
Baldwin says requests to meet have been declined over the past three months, but Charles says the city have refused to meet Council to Council since one arranged meeting was cancelled.
“The city cancelled, we were told that the mayor was not available at any time in the near future.”
The city of White Rock and The Semiahmoo First Nation have not been in communication since each released statements today.