Nanaimo, B.C. – With construction expected to begin this summer on the Mid-Town Water Supply Project, the City of Nanaimo will begin falling trees along the Parkway and in Beban Park. Work is starting now to avoid disturbing birds in the coming nesting season. Crews will preserve as many trees as possible and will replant many of them when the project is finished.

The project provides service to central and north Nanaimo, including Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). A broken water main on Bowen Road in April 2020 interrupted water supply to the hospital and could have caused significant damage to local businesses and residents.


City Council re-organized the water-funded capital plan to undertake this project which will bolster resilience, support growth throughout Nanaimo and ensure NRGH has a dedicated potable water and fire protection feed.

The project also supports active transportation in Nanaimo, by providing a future corridor between the E&N and Parkway trails along the pipe’s alignment. The trail will be paved through Beban Park to Boxwood Road.

For more information, visit the Mid-Town Water Supply Project page at

Link to Strategic Plan: Governance excellence – ensuring a resilient community.

“In the early days of the pandemic, Nanaimo residents dealt with another emergency – the surprising failure of a major water supply pipeline on Bowen Road. We were fortunate there were no injuries. We are taking action to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Council quickly reorganized its water capital plan to accelerate the replacement of this critical piece of infrastructure and protect water supply for Nanaimo.” Leonard Krog, Mayor, City of Nanaimo


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