Two communities in southern British Columbia will receive significant upgrades to their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure thanks to an investment of more than $4.5 million from the federal and provincial governments, along with the City of Greenwood and the Village of Keremeos.
“Investing in projects that help us adapt to the impacts of climate change is critical to building resilient communities. The funding announced today will improve both drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in Greenwood and Keremeos and help them to mitigate new climate-related challenges. We will continue to invest in the infrastructure that keeps our communities safe and healthy well into the future,” said John Aldag, MP for Cloverdale—Langley City.
The federal government is investing $1,833,956 in these projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, while the provincial government is investing $1,528,143. The two municipalities are contributing a total of $1,222,790.
“Greenwood and Keremeos showcase the advantages of living in a small and vibrant community, and it’s crucial we support those communities with efficient, sustainable services for years to come. We are proud to work with all orders of government to invest in upgrades that maintain water quality, protect the environment, and ensure the health and safety of residents and the ecosystem,” said Anne Kang, B.C. Minister of Municipal Affairs.
In Greenwood, funding will replace the existing water reservoir, construct a treatment facility and pump station, and upgrade the water supply well. The new facility, pump station, and associated infrastructure upgrades will include improved filtering and disinfecting systems to ensure that residents have reliable access to high-quality, drinking water.
“The City of Greenwood would like to thank our federal and provincial partners for this funding for a major upgrade to our water system including reservoir, treatment building, pump station, and repairs of existing wells, to name a few. This funding will help ease the financial burden on tax payers in our city,” said John Bolt, Mayor of the City of Greenwood.
A project in Keremeos will remove and replace approximately 25 manholes and approximately 12 sections of sanitary gravity collection pipe. The planned replacements will improve the efficiency of the existing sewage infrastructure in the village and mitigate groundwater infiltration, a risk that has become increasingly prevalent in the area due to climate change.
“Keremeos is extremely grateful to receive funding to repair the manholes leaking into the sanitary sewer system. The repairs are Keremeos’ highest-priority infrastructure project and would not be possible without this investment,” said Jason Wiebe, Mayor of the Village of Keremeos.