The Village of Alert Bay and the Regional District of Nanaimo, both on Vancouver Island, will each receive funding for new water and wastewater infrastructure through the Small Communities Fund.

In Alert Bay, a $789,693 project will see approximately 1 kilometre of outdated sewer pipes replaced with modern sewer mains. The project will help reduce the village’s sewer system operating and maintenance costs, which had risen due an increase in pipe collapses, and reduce the handling of excess wastewater volumes resulting from infiltration in the failing systems.

“The first two phases of this five-phase project were completed a few years ago thanks to similar joint funding arrangements and we are very pleased to be able to carry on with this very important wastewater infrastructure work,” said Michael Berry, Mayor of Alert Bay. “We look forward to submitting new applications for upgrades to a similarly antiquated drinking water distribution system as new funding opportunities become available in the future.”

Funding for the Regional District of Nanaimo will go towards enhancing the treatment capacity of the Whiskey Creek Water System by expanding the facility and upgrading piping, disinfection equipment, and electrical and control systems. The project will cost an estimated $435,800.

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