Prince Rupert, B.C. – The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, and FCM President Taneen Rudyk have announced an investment of $487,000 to the City of Prince Rupert for an innovative wastewater management system.

The funding ($400,000) will support a pilot project to install a new wastewater treatment technology and explore how it can be integrated with local soils, plants and other features of the natural landscape. If successful, the new system could be replicated across the city, creating significant cost savings while improving water quality in the port of Prince Rupert, allowing for a healthier marine environment and greater recreational opportunities.

This pilot project builds on the results of a feasibility study completed by the City of Prince Rupert in 2020. That study, also funded by the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) ($87,000), outlined the benefits of using this type of wastewater treatment technology and identified an optimal site for pilot testing.

The funding comes from the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded through an endowment by the Government of Canada. GMF helps local governments switch to sustainable practices faster by giving municipalities the tools they need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build climate change. By taking action to adapt to climate change we can build communities and economies that are able to thrive for generations to come.

“By investing in sustainable infrastructure, we are ensuring cleaner, healthier communities for our kids and grandkids. Today’s announcement will help support an innovative wastewater management system, one that will cut costs for the municipality and improve water quality for residents.”  –The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Natural Resources

“Local governments run on limited resources, yet hold an immense responsibility in ensuring that communities treat wastewater properly. That’s why today’s announcement by our Green Municipal Fund is so important. GMF empowers municipalities to deliver results with our federal partners. Together we’re supporting local governments across British Columbia build greener and healthier communities.” – Taneen Rudyk , FCM President 


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