Money for Whiskey Creek water system upgrades

Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan also announces money for Alert Bay sewer system

  • Jul. 28, 2015 8:00 p.m.

Residents of Whiskey Creek are getting a $435,000 upgrade to their water system after funding from the provincial and federal government was announced on Monday.

The Regional District of Nanaimo will upgrade the existing Whiskey Creek Water System to enhance treatment capacity. Work will include expanding the facility as well as upgrading piping, disinfection equipment, and electrical and control systems. The project will help provide area residents and businesses with improved reliability and water quality well into the future, according to a news release from the federal government.

The Whiskey Crteek project will cost $435,800. The provincial and federal governments said Monday they will each cover one-third of the cost ($145,000 each), with the RDN responsible for the remaining costs.

“We are proud to invest in projects like these water and wastewater improvements on Vancouver Island that will benefit our community by improving much needed local infrastructure,” said Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan, the Chief Government Whip.

“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The same announcement Monday included funding for a $790,000 project in Alert Bay, where about one kilometre of outdated sewer pipes will be replaced with modern sewer mains, including the associated tie-ins and sewer connections. When completed, the governments said it will help reduce the village’s sewer system operating and maintenance costs, which were rising due to more pipe collapses, and it will also reduce the handling of excess wastewater volumes resulting from infiltration into the failing system.

The projects announced today are among 55 recently approved in B.C. that will collectively receive more than $128 million in joint federal-provincial funding under the Small Communities Fund. The federal government said through a news release that 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.

— NEWS Staff/federal gov’t news release

Just Posted

Association requests retention of surplus funds

Plan to increase hours of caseworkers

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Thrift Shop celebrated during SOS 50th year

A celebration week will take place from Sept. 24-29 at the Thrift Shop

Open burn ban lifted for Coastal Fire Centre

Prohibitions will be lifted at noon on Sept. 19

RDN to increase water services fees

The Regional District of Nanaimo is amending its water services charges to… Continue reading

VIDEO: Messages of hope, encouragement line bars of B.C. bridge

WARNING: This story contains references to suicide and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Fresh-faced Flames fend off Canucks 4-1

Vancouver drops second straight NHL exhibition contest

Scheer pushes Trudeau to re-start Energy East pipeline talks

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Prime Minister over Trans Mountain project

Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found in Saskatchewan

Abandoned kitten safe and sound thanks to B.C. homeless man

‘Jay’ found little black-and-white kitten in a carrier next to a dumpster by a Chilliwack pet store

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Supporters of B.C. man accused of murdering Belgian tourist pack courtoom

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance in Chilliwack

Most Read