Clean Water and Wastewater Fund invests in Okanagan-Similkameen and Boundary

Clean Water and Wastewater Fund invests in Okanagan-Similkameen and Boundary

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017CSCD0027-000658

Local governments in the Okanagan-Similkameen and Boundary area are receiving federal-provincial investments in critical clean water and wastewater infrastructure, announced MLA Linda Larson for Boundary-Similkameen on behalf of Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter Fassbender.

The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund is providing approximately $310 million to 144 projects throughout the province.

Clean Water and Wastewater Fund recipients for Okanagan-Similkameen and Boundary include:

  • $3,328,300 for City of Grand Forks Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrades
  • $1,308,163 for Village of Keremeos Water System Upgrades
  • $846,600 for Sanitary Sewer Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program in Osoyoos
  • $668,150 for Christina Lake Water Upgrade Systems
  • $581,000 for Greenwood Wastewater Utility Renewal
  • $497,792 for Olalla Water System Rehabilitation Project
  • $467,290 for Watermain Looping at Head of Lake in Oliver
  • $83,000 for City of Grand Forks 2017 Sewer Phasing Plan
  • $38,648 for Okanagan Falls Sewer System Upgrade Project
  • $32,453 for Willowbrook Water System Improvement Project
  • $36,520 for 2017 Sun Valley Water System Upgrade Project

The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund enables crucial investments in local government infrastructure, specifically supporting long-term benefits in rehabilitating drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems, as well as planning and designing future facilities and upgrades to existing wastewater systems.

This funding will help communities ensure that residents enjoy safe and reliable access to drinking water and improved environmental protections, and will assist local governments in meeting provincial and federal regulations. Clean water and wastewater management is a core service that communities depend on to grow and help ensure sustainability principles are met, while improving community vibrancy, resiliency and attractiveness.

The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund is one of the key ways the B.C. government is taking action to strengthen, grow and diversify rural communities. These projects build on the immediate investments and long-term action plan outlined in B.C.’s Rural Economic Development Strategy that are expected to create over 26,000 jobs and add $2.8 billion to provincial GDP.

Quotes:

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development –

“Safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater systems are essential infrastructure for all communities in our province. The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund enables local governments to make the critical investments in essential services their citizens rely upon. This program is another successful example of our government working together with our federal and municipal partners to best serve British Columbians.”

Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson –

“This funding is important to ensure high quality water standards continue to be met in rural areas. The provincial-federal partnership investment of over $7.8 million into our existing wastewater facilities and for our future water systems, will provide the communities in the Okanagan-Similkameen and Boundary area with the foundation they need to continue thriving.”

Quick Facts:

  • In 2016, Premier Christy Clark announced $148.5 million for the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. Combined with the federal commitment of $225.1 million, this provides a total of $373.6 million in senior-government funding to support rehabilitation of critical infrastructure.
  • Approved projects are cost shared 50% by the Government of Canada, 33% by the Province of British Columbia, and the remaining 17% from the local government.
  • In September 2016, 35 projects received approval under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, representing $60 million in combined funding from the provincial and federal governments.

Learn more:

Province of B.C.’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund overview: http://www.gov.bc.ca/cleanwaterwastewaterfund

Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund overview: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cwwf/cwwf-program-programme-eng.html