Mayor Lee Brain and MLA Jennifer Rice clinking glasses of water as they celebrate the 22M investment in Prince Rupert’s new water infrastructure. (photo courtesy of the City of Prince Rupert)

City of Prince Rupert announces $22M for water treatment project

The project is a partnership between all three levels of government

Residents of Prince Rupert will soon be raising their glasses to a cup full of clean water, after all three levels of government announced an investment of more than $22 million toward Rupert’s water treatment project.

The funding, announced on Tuesday, will go toward the construction of a new water treatment plant and submarine water pipeline across Fern Channel, the body of water west of the island and East of the mainland, to ensure safe drinking water.

This is phase three of the city’s plan to replace its ageing water infrastructure. Phase 1 saw the burial and replacement of the water supply line from the Woodworth Lake dam to an existing access road and Phase 2, now underway, will see the replacement of the century-old dam.

“In just five years we’ve obtained the grants necessary to conduct all three phases of our water project, ensuring a full overhaul of our water supply infrastructure to provide safe and reliable drinking water to our residents. This project has been the number one priority of council since we took office, and we are incredibly grateful for our partners at the provincial and federal governments for seeing this as a priority with us,” Mayor Lee Brain said.

READ MORE: $16.5M Woodworth Dam replacement project moves forward

The Minister of Infrastructure and Communities announced a contribution of more than $12 million, with the province contributing $10 million, and the city allocating $8 million.

“Having safe drinking water is critical to life. I am happy we can provide that to residents and visitors in Prince Rupert. One of the challenges that was discussed is the magnitude of cost and I am really excited we are able to contribute to this and get it done,” MLA Jennifer Rice said.

The city has faced several water crises in the past. In 2016, when Northern Health found higher than the recommended levels of lead in the water at four schools around the city. Most recently, this past holiday season more than 12,000 residents were affected when a microscopic parasite was suspected to be in the water at that time, causing an advisory to be issued.

READ MORE: Microscopic parasite found in Prince Rupert water affecting thousands

READ MORE: City asks residents to write MLA, MP to help with water issues

The funding is part of the federal government’s plan to invest in green infrastructure. Rice said that projects which were eligible for federal funding were those with capacity to alleviate air pollutants, alleviate contaminated soil, among other things.

“[These projects] also reflect our commitment to protecting our ecosystems and fostering sustainable economic growth that will ensure our children and grandchildren can enjoy British Columbia’s beautiful waterways and coastlines for years to come,” said MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones on behalf of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

READ MORE: Unacceptable levels of lead found in water at four schools

Jenna Cocullo | Journalist
Jenna Cocullo 
Send Jenna email
Like the The Northern View on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

BC Green Party leader visits Wet’suwet’en camps at heart of pipeline conflict

Adam Olsen calls for better relationship between Canada and First Nations

Commercial fishing concerns over North Coast marine protected areas

Fishermen of the Northern Shelf Bioregion seek solutions through consultations

Prince Rupert RCMP address Maclean’s report, city’s crime severity index numbers

New online crime reporting system coming to town this year as well

New deal between Ridley Terminals and Teck Resources will increase coal exports

Extension agreement between Ridley Terminals and Teck Resources to increase steelmaking coal shipments

Rupert Raiders prove themselves the Apex competitors

Team had to battle the elements, in addition to their opponenets, at Apex Outdoor Tournament

‘Like an ATM’: World’s first biometric opioid-dispensing machine launches in B.C.

First-of-its-kind dispensing machine unveiled in the Downtown Eastside with hopes of curbing overdose deaths

Canucks extend home win streak to 8 with 4-1 triumph over Sharks

Victory lifts Vancouver into top spot in NHL’s Pacific Division

‘Extensive’ work planned at Big Bar landslide ahead of salmon, steelhead migration

Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan visited the site of the slide from June

B.C. society calls out conservation officer after dropping off bear cub covered in ice

Ice can be seen in video matted into emaciated bear cub’s fur

Royal deal clears way for Harry, Meghan part-time Canada move: experts

Keith Roy of the Monarchist League of Canada said the deal is exactly what Harry and Meghan asked for

Horgan cancels event in northern B.C. due to security concerns, says Fraser Lake mayor

The premier will still be visiting the city, but the location and day will not be made public

B.C. landlord sentenced to two years in jail for torching his own rental property

Wei Li was convicted of intentionally lighting his rental property on fire in October 2017

PHOTOS: Eastern Newfoundland reeling, search underway for missing man after blizzard

More than 70 centimetres of new snow fell overnight, creating whiteout conditions

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,’ says Queen Elizabeth II

Most Read