AUGUST 27th, 2019 – PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The City and our partners at the Provincial and Federal level are happy to announce that Prince Rupert’s water project has received an additional $22 million grant award through the Investing in Canada Green Infrastructure Program. This funding will be dedicated to the final phase of the water project, which includes replacement of the submarine line carrying water beneath the harbour, and development of a state of the art water treatment facility. In total since 2014, the City has now received over $31 million in grant funding for all 3 phases of the water project which includes the replacement of our 100 year old dam, the water conveyance line and access road, and now the new submarine line and the development of a new water treatment facility.
“In just 5 years we’ve obtained the grants necessary to conduct all three phases of our water project, ensuring a full overhaul of our water supply infrastructure to provide safe and reliable drinking water to our residents,” said Mayor Lee Brain. “This project has been the number one priority of Council since we took office, and we are incredibly grateful for our partners at the Provincial and Federal governments for seeing this as a priority with us.”
“The City of Prince Rupert has been working collaboratively with Northern Health around the issue of drinking water, and has made significant progress towards improving water quality for its citizens,” said Northern Health Northwest Medical Health Officer, Dr. Raina Fumerton. “They clearly understand the importance of safe potable drinking water, and I look forward to continued partnership in the years ahead.”
The water treatment proposed would improve filtration and disinfection of the above ground water source. This would be a new installation and augmentation to the existing water system and allow the City to adapt to any changes made to water standards. The submarine line to be replaced was installed in 1967, and is an integral part of transmission of water from the City’s water source on the mainland to the City. The intention is for the new water treatment facility to be located on the Kaien Island side of the replaced submarine line.
Veronika Stewart, Communications Manager
City of Prince Rupert
(250) 627 0976