October 2018 update on Sage Mesa water
As you hopefully know, the Sage Mesa water system, which services Sage Mesa, Westwood Properties, and Husula Highlands, is privately owned. There has been talk for years about transferring ownership to a local government (e.g., the RDOS). The primary reason for this discussion is that only local governments are eligible for infrastructure grants from the federal/provincial governments. In addition, local governments can borrow on favorable terms through the Municipal Finance Authority. Access to grants and long term debt funding are clearly important for aging water systems in need of major upgrades.
Two things need to happen for this transfer of ownership to the RDOS to occur: