West Kelowna Sewer projects aided by government grants
About 500 homeowners in the Hudson Road area in Lakeview Heights and in the Gates and McGinnis Roads neighbourhoods of Glenrosa are now connected to sanitary sewer services thanks to an infrastructure project now fully completed under the Building Canada Fund.
This project was made possible by federal and provincial funding, creating a joint $11-million initiative through two phases of funding—the Building Canada Fund-Communities Component, and the Building Canada Fund-Communities Component Top-Up programs.
“Our government is proud to invest in projects that will benefit our region by promoting healthy and safe communities,” said Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas.
“Through this investment, our government is providing necessary improvements that will benefit West Kelowna residents while creating jobs and opportunities for economic growth.”
In total, sanitary sewer service extensions will cost approximately $26 million to complete through 2013.
Work started in 2009, after the federal and provincial governments jointly contributed $6 million through the Building Canada Fund-Communities Component,
Another $5.1 million came from the Top Up to the Building Canada Fund Communities program in January 2010.
“Besides creating jobs, this project addresses a serious need. West Kelowna is a growing community with aging infrastructure, and so warranted a second round of funding,” said Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart.
The District of West Kelowna also announced last week that the latest sewer project in the Dunbarton Service Area in Glenrosa is now completed, as residents will be able to connect to services in the spring.
With the completion of the Dunbarton project, the district has now passed the halfway mark in an ambitious plan to extend sewers to more than 1,400 homes in Glenrosa and Lakeview Heights by March 2013.
Construction also continues in the Thacker Drive North/Hayman Road service area. The project is currently 20 percent complete and scheduled to be finished in late summer/early fall 2012.
West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater said the district and homeowners living within the various service areas would not have been able to meet the required expense of the sewer extensions without the government funding support.
“The funds have provided more than $11 million to the District of West Kelowna to extend sanitary sewer services, ensuring that homeowners living in these areas no longer need to worry about aging, and in some cases, failing septic systems,” said Findlater.
“I would like to thank the government of Canada and the province of British Columbia for partnering with the municipality to make these projects a reality.”
The Canada-British Columbia Building Canada Fund-Communities Component and the Building Canada Fund- Communities Component Top-Up are federal-provincial programs that address the unique infrastructure needs of both rural and urban communities with populations of less than 100,000.
Since October 2008, over $5.6 billion has been committed by the province to over 900 infrastructure projects in British Columbia, which are estimated to create more than 36,000 jobs over the life of the projects.