Local governments in the East Kootenay region are receiving federal-provincial investments in critical clean water and wastewater infrastructure, announced Bill Bennett, MLA for Kootenay East, 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 the East Kootenay region include:
* $207,500 for a water and wastewater infrastructure network study in Sparwood
* $417,330 for Lake Baptiste Dam Upgrade Project
* $232,400 for Abruzzi Heights Infrastructure Replacement Design in Elkford
* $174,220 for Moyie Watermain Replacement 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.
– From the BC Government