The City of Kimberley will build new wastewater infrastructure after a combined investment of more than $90.6 million from the federal, provincial, and municipal governments.
The new plant will replace the aging Pollution Control Centre, built in 1967, which is located in a flood prone area. It will also have measures to make sure that the service is reliable and will take odour control measures to not disturb nearby communities.
“Investments in green infrastructure help us to build resilient communities while safeguarding our environment. The funding announced today will not only improve wastewater treatment in Kimberley, but will protect local inhabitants and ecosystems. We will continue investing in the well-being of Canadians and the preservation of our country’s natural assets,” said John Aldag, MP for Cloverdale—Langley City.
The federal government is investing $36,255,486 in this project, through the Green Infrastructure Steam of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of British Columbia is investing $30,209,884, and the City of Kimberley is contributing $24,173,346.
“Kimberley is home to a wonderful community and world-renowned outdoor recreation, from skiing and whitewater rafting to golf and fishing. My ministry continues to work with all orders of government to sustain the beauty we find here. This project protects the area from the potential flooding and ensures service reliability so that residents and tourists alike can continue to explore and enjoy outdoor activities,” said Anne Kang, B.C. Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Once complete, the plant will provide Kimberley with high-quality, reliable wastewater treatment that minimizes potential environmental impact on the St. Mary River and communities downstream of it. It will also eliminate the risk of flooding to the site.
“Replacement of the wastewater treatment plant is the largest investment in Kimberley’s history. This essential service will go from one of the most ‘at risk’ in the Province to one of the most efficient and innovative. It is truly a game-changer for the community and could not have happened without this investment,” said Don McCormick, Mayor of the City of Kimberley.
Featured image: (L to R) City of Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick; Anne Kang, B.C. Minister of Municipal Affairs; and ʔaq̓am Nasuʔkin Joe Pierre. (City of Kimberley)