Canada and British Columbia invest in upgrades to the water filtration system for the Greater Vernon community
Vernon: The governments of Canada and British Columbia continue to invest in local infrastructure during this unprecedented time to meet the needs of communities across the province, enhance people’s quality of life, and support economic recovery from COVID-19.
Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Harwinder Sandhu, the Member of British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly for Vernon-Monashee, on behalf of the Honourable Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs, announced funding to upgrade the water filtration system for the Greater Vernon area.
The project will see the construction of a new water filtration facility at the Mission Hill water treatment plant. This facility will help improve water quality and increase access to clean drinking water in the community. The project includes a new water filtration system, a new building for labs and control rooms, upgrades to waste-stream handling, related piping and equipment, and, electrical, mechanical and control systems.
The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are investing close to $30 million in this project through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s Green Infrastructure Stream. Canada is contributing more than $16.3 million, B.C.’s contribution is more than $13.6 million, and the Regional District of North Okanagan is investing over $10.9 million. Federal and provincial funding is conditional on fulfilling all requirements related to consultation with Indigenous groups and environmental assessment requirements