Three tiers of government set aside $240M for 15 water infrastructure projects across B.C.
VANCOUVER—Federal, provincial and local governments are prying open their wallets to fund a series of 15 water and wastewater projects across British Columbia.
At an announcement in West Vancouver Aug. 27, politicians from all levels of government said they had agreed to commit more than $240 million in combined funding for the work, which ranges from the construction of new wastewater treatment plants to lagoon upgrades.
About three-quarters of the funding will go toward four major projects:
- City of Powell River — $79.8 million for a project that will consolidate three existing wastewater treatment systems into one plant and accomodate future growth
- Tofino — $55.2 million for construction of a new wastewater treatment plant that includes ultra-violet disinfection for treated effluent to help protect the area’s marine environment
- Spallumcheen — A $36.9 million to build a new wastewater treatment facility to serve the North Okanagan area. According to the government, the job includes the installation of a sludge treatment system and about 12 kilometres of gravity and force main pump stations
- Prince Rupert — $30.2 million for work on a new treatment plant, as well as a submarine water pipeline that runs under Fern Channel and will put an end to boil water advisories for the city
The federal government contribution amounts to approximately $100 million, the province’s to $80 million and city or regional governments’ to $60 million.
The remaining 11 projects range in value from about $2 million to $10 million. You can find the complete list of the projects to get funding here.