Cranbrook, BC (July 16, 2020) – Upgrades to the City of Cranbrook wastewater lagoons at the north end of the community is expected to begin in the spring of 2021, thanks to $7.3 million dollars in funding from both the Government of Canada and the Province of BC.
$4.1 million in project funds is coming from the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) – BC - Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS) with another $3.2 million in funds coming from the Province of BC. The City is contributing a total of $822,066 to the project.
The City learned of its success in securing the funding for this project earlier in July.
“This is a project that is important to the City’s wastewater system to complete. Without this funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of BC, it would have been very difficult for us to do,” says Mayor Lee Pratt. “We are very thankful for the funding and are very glad that we can proceed at this time and do the necessary repairs than need to be done.”
The project, called the Wastewater Lagoons and Influent Trunk Main Upgrade, involves the replacing of all the piping between and under the lagoons, and upgrading and installing a new trunk main that enters the lagoons from the intersection of Victoria Avenue and Highway 3. Regrading of the slopes of the dykes in the lagoons will be undertaken along with the exterior of the dyke along Joseph Creek will also be armored to help prevent erosion.
Design work is already underway for this project, with ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. undertaking the influent trunk main design and McElhanney Ltd. managing the design around the lagoon dyke slope regrading and Joseph Creek armoring components of the project.
We will be updating the public regularly as this project gets underway.
The City of Cranbrook gratefully acknowledges the financial commitment of both the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia toward this important environmental work.