Feds, city spending $122M to kick-start major water infrastructure work in Kitchener, Ont.
May 25, 2019 by On-Site Staff
KITCHENER, Ont.—Work on a series of water infrastructure projects to better protect Kitchener, Ont. from potential flooding are getting underway in the city west of Toronto.
The federal government announced just shy of $50 million in funding for the slew of construction jobs May 22, adding to $72 million pledged by the local government.
The Grand River snakes through Kitchener producing an inherent risk of flooding, but the latest stormwater upgrades aim to reduce the number of people at highest risk by about 75 per cent.
“Extreme weather is becoming more severe, more frequent, more damaging and more expensive because of climate change,” Ralph Goodale, the federal minister of Public Safety, said in a statement. “By investing in the infrastructure that protects our neighbourhoods, businesses, and families, we are building communities that can withstand future natural disasters and thrive for generations to come.”
The project includes adding stormwater drainage controls in certain neighbourhoods across the city and redesigning a natural channel to help deal with heavy rainfalls. The fresh funding will also pay for upgrades to the Bridgeport Dyke and general work on roadways, sewers and pump stations.