Published On: Monday, 20 March 2017

Kelowna-area Receives $85M for Water Projects

Kelowna-area Receives $85M for Water Projects
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. (Photo Credit: Province of BC)

KELOWNA - Local governments in the Kelowna area are receiving federal-provincial investments in critical clean water and wastewater infrastructure.

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 Kelowna region include:

  • $43,907,000 to the City of Kelowna for Phase 1 of the city’s integrated water supply plan and the South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID)/South Okanagan Mission Improvement District (SOMID) Water Supply Project;
  • $41,002,000 for the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant; and
  • $602,082 for the Falcon Ridge Water System Improvement.

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 BC 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 BC’s Rural Economic Development Strategy. These projects are expected to create over 26,000 jobs and add $2.8 billion to provincial GDP.