PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The City of Prince Rupert in British Columbia is getting upgrades to its water distribution system and sewer line after a $77.2 million federal investment.

The project will address critical concerns with the city’s water distribution infrastructure, increase its resilience to seismic events and modernize its century-old sewage pipes, the Minister Responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada Soraya Martinez Ferrada and Prince Rupert Mayor Herb Pond announced on March 7.

“We are transforming Prince Rupert into one of Canada’s most important gateway cities; securing a trade corridor that boosts communities right across Canada. But we can’t do it alone. It’s why this unprecedented investment by our federal partners is so meaningful. Their commitment to growing economic opportunities across the corridor remains steadfast. We are grateful to be part of it,” Pond said.

With a high proportion of pipes installed in the early 1900s, Prince Rupert’s water distribution network requires major updates. Funding will support upgrades to 26 kilometres of high priority watermains and the separation of the combined sewer system to divide stormwater from sewage. Work will include excavation, stabilization of the soil, the installation of new PVC piping, and upgrading catchments, a release said.

The federal government is investing the money through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, while the municipality is contributing $50.8 million. The provincial government announced $65 million in funding on March 17, 2023. 

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