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Construction Starts on Key Wastewater Infrastructure in West Kelowna
May 12, 2016
West Kelowna, British Columbia
Crews and equipment are scheduled to begin work May 16 on an important component of the City of West Kelowna’s sanitary sewer system, the replacement of the Horizon Village Lift Station.
The project involves the removal of the old lift station and the installation of three new energy efficient pumps, a new control systems building, emergency storage capacity and a backup power supply.
The new lift station will improve system reliability and efficiency, and serve more than 3,000 people living in and around the West Kelowna Estates neighbourhood in the northwest part of the municipality. Construction is expected to be completed before October 31.
The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are each contributing up to $454,015 to this project through the Small Communities Fund. The total estimated cost of this project is $1,362,045. The City of West Kelowna will be responsible for all remaining costs.
The $1-billion Small Communities Fund supports priority public infrastructure projects in communities across the country with less than 100,000 residents.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to support the reliability of wastewater services to West Kelowna residents. Our infrastructure plan in Budget 2016 will see us invest in more projects like this to create good jobs, support a clean growth economy and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.”
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi,
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"As the City of West Kelowna continues to grow and attract new residents, infrastructure must grow along with it. The replacement of the Horizon Village Lift Station will provide additional storage and a backup energy supply to reduce the risk of wastewater discharge in case of emergency. It's partnerships like this across all levels of government that promote core community values and provide benefits to all citizens."
The Honourable Christy Clark,Premier of British Columbia, MLA for Westside-Kelowna
“West Kelowna is being forced to grow up quickly; little more than a decade ago this city was a largely rural area. As our community continues to grow rapidly, the demands on our municipality to provide reliable and efficient urban services have never been greater; and, the costs of providing essential transportation, wastewater and water infrastructure continue to increase. The City of West Kelowna thanks the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia for partnering with us, so we can keep our heads above water in meeting our infrastructure needs.”
Mayor, City of West Kelowna
To learn more about Budget 2016: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2016/docs/plan/ch2-en.html#_Toc446106678 .
To learn more about the Small Communities Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html .
For more information about Government of Canada investments in British Columbia: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/bc-eng.html .
Learn more about the Small Communities Fund at work in British Columbia:www.gov.bc.ca/smallcommunitiesfund.