Mayor Baker was invited to speak along with MP Stephen Fuhr and MLA Norm Letnick and other dignitaries at a media event in Kelowna Friday, March 17th to announce some significant investments in water infrastructure.
“Our federal government listened carefully to our priorities and is supporting our local water needs. Thanks to today’s announcement, Kelowna-Lake Country and municipalities across the Okanagan and BC are benefitting from our federal government’s commitment to support public infrastructure. Not only will today’s announcements result in better water quality for residents, this investment will support the local economy and local employment, meeting our goal of supporting the middle class,” said Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country
For the $7 million Eldorado treated water reservoir and Glenmore booster station project in Lake Country the following is the funding breakdown:
- Federal contribution: $3,500,000
- Provincial Share: $ 2,310,000
- Municipal Share: $1,190,000
The Province of BC announced:
Lake Country is receiving federal-provincial investment in critical clean water and wastewater infrastructure, announced Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country, on behalf of Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter Fassbender.
The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund is providing approximately $310 million to 144 projects throughout the province. Through this funding, Lake Country is receiving $5,810,000 for Eldorado Treated Water Reservoir & Glenmore Booster Station.
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 B.C. 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 B.C.’s Rural Economic Development Strategy that are expected to create over 26,000 jobs and add $2.8 billion to provincial GDP.
Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development –
“Safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater systems are essential infrastructure for all communities in our province. The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund enables local governments to make the critical investments in essential services their citizens rely upon. This program is another successful example of our government working together with our federal and municipal partners to best serve British Columbians.”
Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick –
“Developing lasting infrastructure to maintain consistent access to clean drinking water is part our commitment to community health and sustainability. This $5.81-million investment in the Eldorado Treated Water Reservoir & Glenmore Booster Station is a critical step forward in guaranteeing the success of this important initiative for Lake Country.”
Lake Country Mayor James Baker –
“Vital to any community is its water supply. We greatly appreciate the support from the senior levels of government on this project – which is another step on the path to ensuring our community has a safe, reliable drinking water supply for years to come, while protecting the environment and building the local economy.”
- In 2016, Premier Christy Clark announced $148.5 million for the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. Combined with the federal commitment of $225.1 million, this provides a total of $373.6 million in senior-government funding to support rehabilitation of critical infrastructure.
- 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.
- In September 2016, 35 projects received approval under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, representing $60 million in combined funding from the provincial and federal governments.
Province of B.C.’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund overview:
Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund overview:
Highlights from Mayor Baker’s comments about the Eldorado treated water reservoir and Glenmore booster station project in Lake Country:
A safe, reliable water supply is vital to any community.
The District of Lake Country Water Master Plan identified construction of a treated water reservoir at the Eldorado raw water reservoir site and a booster pumping station that interconnects our Beaver Lake and Okanagan Lake water systems as critical pieces of infrastructure to focus on in order to meet our ultimate goal of providing safe, sustainable, affordable water to benefit the community and protect public health and the environment.
Our ongoing partnership with the Federal and Provincial governments has helped us make great strides in improving our water supply to the community. There are three key aspects of the Eldorado Treated Water Reservoir & Glenmore Booster Station project that will use this grant funding that I’d like to highlight:
- This project is another step on the path to ensuring our community has a safe, reliable drinking water supply for years to come.
- This project facilitates sustainable economic growth by ensuring businesses have a clean reliable water source to build the local economy around.
- This project also eases the strain put on a critical upland water source and helps to ensure the Vernon Creek ecosystem and Okanagan basin as a whole is protected.
The total cost of the Eldorado treated water reservoir and Glenmore booster station is valued at $7 million. The District funded $500,000 for design work in 2016 and the $5.81 million in grant monies provided by the federal and provincial governments through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund will enable Lake Country to proceed with this important project this year. This provides a critical piece of infrastructure needed for the future construction of a water treatment facility.
We greatly appreciate the support from senior levels of government to meet our ultimate goal of safe, sustainable and affordable water for Lake Country.