The City of Campbell River, British Columbia unveiled updated plans for its new water supply project on July 16. The project now includes a water transmission line down Highway 28 to connect to the existing watermain off Powerhouse Road, and the relocation of the city’s ultraviolet and sodium hypochlorite treatment facilities to the new pump station building, which will be constructed at John Hart Lake.

The updated plan is based on a new amendment to a 2014 agreement between the city and BC Hydro which stipulates that the electrical utility will fund up to 75 per cent of the costs associated with a new water supply, and 100 per cent of the supply line along Surge Tower Road, off Highway 28.

“When we considered all the elements, the City determined that we could lower BC Hydro’s costs as well as eliminate shared use of Surge Tower Road during construction by combining all water treatment at the new lakeside pump station,” said Jason Hartley, Campbell River’s capital works manager. “This would also remove a major section of the water transmission line from the park, minimizing our impact on an important community and provincial asset.”

The full project is valued at $22.4 million, a maximum of $18.3 million of which will be covered by BC Hydro. The project will be completed and operational by fall 2017.

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