Phase 2 of the West Kelowna Sewer Services project, worth close to $8.8 million, will receive $5.1 million in joint federal-provincial funding, under the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component Top-Up fund.
The project will improve the reliability of wastewater treatment and eliminate the on-site impact on local soils and Okanagan Lake, by providing sewer connections to more than 1,100 West Kelowna residents. The governments of Canada and British Columbia will each invest $2.55 million in the second phase of this project, and the District of West Kelowna will contribute close to $3.7 million. Phase 1 of this project received $6 million in joint federal/provincial funding in March 2009.
“This funding means that while the District’s priorities will temporarily shift to accommodate this work, it will resolve a significant part of our inherited infrastructure backlog by completing our Sewer Servicing Program, creating over 1,400 new connections, but thankfully, it will be now be done without a tremendous financial burden on our citizens,” said West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater at the announcement last Friday.