The Provincial and Federal Governments have teamed up to provide a number of grants to communities in the West Kootenay Region.

434034082_1a3a6517ee_m The City of Rossland was one of the recipients of this funding under the Canada-B.C. Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (CBCMRIF)

More than $345,000 in funding will help the City of Rossland to improve the upper Murphy Creek intake system. This includes cleaning of the pond behind a concrete dam, refurbishing of the concrete, installation of a new intake screen and upgrading the area’s access road. Approximately 1,440 households in Rossland will benefit from these improvements.

"This investment to upgrade the upper Murphy Creek intake will make a significant contribution to the health and wellness of our local community," said Gordon Smith, mayor of the City of Rossland. "Rossland will have access to a safer and more reliable source of water, which will also support the communities continued efforts towards achieving sustainable economic development."

West Kootenay Benefits from Infrastructure Upgrades – CivicInfo BC

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The Village of Warfield is receiving more than $2.5 million towards the construction of a new water treatment plant.  For those who don’t know the region, Teck Cominco has been running the water supply for Warfield for many years, and recently there have been serious concerns over the cost of upgrading and replacing this system.

The City of Grand Forks will receive $586,000 to build a new lift station, to prevent untreated sewerage from discharging into the Kettle River during high water levels. This is a great benefit to the city and the environment, but they’ve also included an example of sustainable heating…

The new lift station will also house a small-scale, innovative heat recovery system that uses wastewater to heat the service building and new public restrooms.

The City of Greenwood is getting $190,000 towards a repaving program to repair damaged pavement.

It’s great to see funding flowing from the upper levels of government to support projects such as these which enhance the sustainability of these smaller communities in the middle of the province.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.