The city’s Re:Build Rupert initiative released a video on efforts being made to secure the city’s water supply.
The three phase project begins with a $6.6 million to replace water lines and rebuild the road to access the dam. The next phase is to replace the dam at a cost of $6 million. The final phase is approximately $2.4 million the replace underwater lines to Seal Cove where the water system is fed into.
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In the video Richard Pucci, the engineering coordinator for the city, demonstrates why the more than 100-year-old water infrastructure needs to be replaced. Much of the pipe is above ground and in 2008, a landslide caused damage to some of the pipe.
“This just solidifies the point that we need a new transmission line for water, we need a road and this pipe needs to be buried underground,” Pucci said.
The city has stressed to residents at town hall meetings and at city council the need to upgrade the infrastructure for the water supply. The video provides visual proof of the situation.