News Release - Investing in Clean, Reliable Drinking Water for Central Kootenay

 

July 8, 2015                         Creston, British Columbia 

Residents of Central Kootenay will benefit from upgraded drinking water infrastructure thanks to joint funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Small Communities Fund.

This project will replace the existing open water reservoir with a closed cell system, the Erickson Closed Reservoir. The project also includes the renewal of 2.7 km of water distribution pipe that is in poor condition and prone to frequent leaks. Once completed, this project will minimize health risks from water contamination and contribute to more reliable potable water delivery to Central Kootenay area residents.

The project announced today is among 55 recently approved in British Columbia that will collectively receive more than $128 million in joint federal-provincial funding under the Small Communities Fund. These projects represent important investments in municipal infrastructure that maintain safe, healthy communities. Once complete, the work will significantly improve key municipal services for residents and help boost regional development.

Through the Small Communities Fund, the governments of Canada and British Columbia are working in partnership to provide funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs in communities across the province that have fewer than 100,000 residents. These investments support job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities across British Columbia for years to come.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide up to $1,460,651 through the Small Communities Fund for the project.
  • The Province of British Columbia will contribute up to $1,460,651 to this project.
  • The Regional District of Central Kootenay will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project.
  • The total estimated cost for this project is $4,381,953.
  • The 55 projects approved for funding in British Columbia under the Small Communities Fund so far include 24 drinking water projects, 22 wastewater projects, four highway projects, two disaster mitigation projects, two brownfield remediation projects and one solid waste management project.

Quotes

“We are proud to invest in projects like upgrading the drinking water infrastructure in Central Kootenay that will benefit our community by improving much needed local infrastructure. Our Government’s commitment to municipalities, big and small, has never been stronger. Through the New Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund, we are investing in priority infrastructure projects that have a positive and lasting impact on the quality of life of British Columbia’s residents while helping create jobs and economic growth.”

The Honourable James Moore
M
inister of Industry, Minister responsible for British Columbia, and Member of Parliament for Port Moody – Westwood – Port Coquitlam

“Today’s announcement will improve the health of residents, create jobs, and ensure that Central Kootenay remains one of the best places in the country to live. I am proud of our Government’s historic commitment to infrastructure across Canada, and our government’s efforts to ensure small communities receive the infrastructure funding they need and deserve.”

 David Wilks
Member of Parliament for Kootenay – Columbia

“Through the New Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund, the governments of Canada and British Columbia are working in partnership to provide funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs in communities across the province. Not only does this fund sustain a high quality of life in regional districts across the province, but it also supports job creation and economic growth.”

Bill Bennett
Minister of Energy and Mines and Member of Legislative Assembly, Kootenay East

“On behalf of the a regional District of Central Kootenay, I express our sincere gratitude to Minister James Moore, MP David Wilks and the Government of Canada and to the Province of B.C. for each providing one third of the funding for the replacement of the Arrow Creek mainline pipe that distributes water to Erickson and the Town of Creston. The grant will help us to replace 80 year old concrete and asbestos pipes that are leaking. In turn, it will mitigate water loss and provide users in Erickson and the Town of Creston with a more sustainable system.”

Karen Hamling
Chair of the Regional District of Central Kootenay

Associated Links

To learn more about the Small Communities Fund, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html.

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada’s Economic Action Plan at http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/home-accueil-eng.html.

Learn more about the Small Communities Fund at work in British Columbia: www.gov.bc.ca/smallcommunitiesfund.

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Contacts

Vincent Rabault

Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
613-943-1838

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Communications
250-953-3677

Anitra Winje
Regional District of Central Kootenay
250-352-8166

Infrastructure Canada
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