Whistler’s wastewater treatment system, already among Canada’s most sophisticated, will receive $50,000 in gas tax funding for a project that will see the municipality review the wastewater treatment plant, service area and collection system, receiving water where treated wastewater is released, and stormwater management, among other potential improvements. Changes are expected to address recent provincial and federal regulation changes.

Whistler. Credit: Phillippe Giabbanelli

The British Columbia resort municipality’s Mayor Nancy Wilhelm Morden thanked the governments for their contribution to the project, according to a municipality press release. “I would like to acknowledge and thank the federal and provincial governments for making this investment in Whistler’s water supply,” she said. “Whistler maintains one of the most advanced wastewater treatment systems in Canada, and funding from the Gas Tax Fund will ensure we can continue to protect our natural environment and safeguard the health of our residents and visitors over the long term.”

Whistler’s Liquid Waste Management Plan update is expected to begin in May of this year, and be completed by May 2014, when it will be submitted to the Whistler council for endorsement, and the provincial Ministry of Environment for approval.

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