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NEWS RELEASE Town of Osoyoos Receives Funds for Better Drinking Water

Rural Area Twinning – Southwest Sector Area Phases 2 and 3

Immediate Release
September 5, 2019

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Joint federal, provincial and municipal funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan and New Building Canada Fund will support water and wastewater infrastructure improvements in 15 British Columbia communities.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $100 million in these projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. The Government of British Columbia is contributing almost $80 million and the municipalities are contributing more than $60 million to these projects.
Six projects will help protect the health of residents by improving access to safe and reliable drinking water in small communities, including First Nations communities, in some cases resolving current drinking water advisories and reducing the likelihood of future ones.
Nine projects will support new and upgraded wastewater systems to meet regulatory standards, modernize services and support growing communities. By reducing pollutants and improving overall environmental performance, the new and upgraded systems will also help protect waterways and ecosystems for future generations.
The Town of Osoyoos project will include about 9,900 m of water main, about 2,300 m of water supply main, and about 228 water services to extend the Town's municipal drinking water system into the Southwest Sector Area.

Federal Funding $2,308,000
Provincial Funding $1,923,141
Local Governments’ Funding $1,538,859

“Modern efficient water infrastructure is essential to ensuring Canadians’ health and well-being. These essential projects are key to ensuring that all BC residents have access to safe and reliable drinking water, whether they live in a large city or a remote community. These projects also reflect our commitment to protecting our ecosystems and fostering sustainable economic growth that will ensure our children and grandchildren can enjoy British Columbia’s beautiful waterways and coastlines for years to come.”
Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Through this landmark investment in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, we are helping to deliver the services people count on, while helping to keep our communities and environment healthy. The Province is working in partnership with the federal government to invest in critical infrastructure for communities in a way that works for the people that live in these communities while building a healthy, green future for all British Columbians.”
Sheila Malcolmson, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Nanaimo, on behalf of the Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
“The Town of Osoyoos is very pleased to receive federal and provincial funding from the Canada Infrastructure Plan and the BC Infrastructure program to help us provide Phase 2 and 3 of the Rural Water twinning to 228 properties in the southwest sector area. This project will provide safe, reliable drinking water, and will avoid future boil water notices. With the partnership of the federal and provincial governments helping our municipality fund this water twinning project, we are able to continue our work in providing a healthy green future for Osoyoos.”
Mayor Sue McKortoff
Town of Osoyoos
“Thanks to provincial and federal funding the Town will be able to provide domestic water servicing to the area south of Osoyoos. The upgraded water system will allow the users of the agriculture irrigation system to switch to a domestic water system eliminating the need to place Boil Water Advisory on those properties during summer operations. This is a win / win for both the users in the rural areas of Osoyoos and the Town’s domestic system.”
Jared Brounstein, Director of Operations
Town of Osoyoos


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Allan Chabot
Chief Administrative Officer
Sue McKortoff
Event date: 
Thursday, 05 September, 2019
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