In Our Opinion: Where was Rupert?

The water situation in Prince Rupert is about as dire as it gets for a city

The water situation in Prince Rupert is about as dire as it gets for a city.

It’s troubling Prince Rupert wasn’t at least on the radar of the Province of B.C. and the Government of Canada’s rollout of the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

It begs the question: Why wasn’t Prince Rupert at the top of the list?

The City of Prince Rupert should be knocking on, if not barging through any doors that lead to more money for the water dam replacement project and the wastewater treatment plant that will need to be built in the next few years (at least) as mandated by the feds.

It’s tough to look down the list of initial approved projects for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and not see Prince Rupert’s name.

Mayor Lee Brain told The Northern View that the reason they hadn’t applied for this mega-funding was because they were looking at other avenues, and supposedly, it’s one grant application at a time.

Okay, let’s take Brain at his word, but we hope the city is the first in line during the second round of applications, cheques are already being cashed and Rupert still has its hand out.