Barriere Wastewater System ready to begin service
The District of Barriere’s new wastewater system officially opened June 10th. The completion of this Sustainable Wastewater Management Solutions project means that residential and commercial properties in the core of the community will no longer be dependent on private septic systems.
The District plans to explore ways in which the innovative design of the facility might support graduate research opportunities in horticulture, agriculture, wastewater treatment and microbiology and high school science curriculum programming.
The Government of Canada contributed nearly $7.1 million to this project through federal Gas Tax Funds provided to the District of Barriere and Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
“Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is allowing communities in British Columbia, and all across Canada, to make informed decisions about their infrastructure investments and how best to spend federal dollars. It is thanks to initiatives and projects like the one being celebrated today that Canadian communities will remain among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family. This project will have a positive impact on the local environment and the health of the people of Barrier for years to come,” said Amarjeet Sohi Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
Each year, the Government of Canada provides over $253 million in indexed funding for local government infrastructure projects across British Columbia through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The funding can be spent on any eligible project the community prioritizes across a broad range of eligible project categories, or it can be pooled with other communities for regional projects, banked for later priorities or used to pay for financed projects.
The Union of BC Municipalities administers the federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.