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August 23, 2018, 1:32 pm

Chetwynd Cuts Ribbon at New Water Treatment Plant

District of Chetwynd
CHETWYND – A ribbon cutting event was held on August 13 to officially open the District of Chetwynd’s new Water Treatment Plant.
In 2017 the District of Chetwynd was delighted to have been awarded a Federal and Provincial Clean Water and Wastewater Fund grant in the amount of $2,599,718 to upgrade its Water Treatment Plant.
Via the District of Chetwynd’s consultant Urban Systems Ltd., the project was tendered and the successful bidder, Bear Mountain Construction, commenced work on the new Water Treatment Plant in the fall of 2017. Substantial completion was achieved in the spring of 2018.
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson stated, “Our government is working hard to support strong, thriving B.C. communities; including making sure the District of Chetwynd has a sustainable water treatment system supplying healthy drinking water. This project is an example of how partnerships between all levels of government support communities and make life better for British Columbians.”
“I am always happy to see the completion of infrastructure projects like this one,” said Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies. “I know how important this project has been to the District of Chetwynd and I want to congratulate Mayor Merlin Nichols and all residents on this new Water Treatment Plant.”
“I was proud to assist the District of Chetwynd in securing Provincial funding to help in this important community necessity and I commend Mayor and Council for showing leadership and working with other levels of Government to help save local tax dollars” said Mike Bernier, MLA for Peace River South.
“Water Treatment Plant upgrades have been a priority for the District of Chetwynd for several years,” said Mayor Merlin Nichols; “The Federal and Provincial governments facilitated this important project by means of their generous grants; the District is very grateful for this opportunity to provide extensive improvements to water and sewer infrastructure for the community, as part of our environmental responsibility and our ongoing endeavour to provide excellent services to the residents of Chetwynd and rural residents who depend on Chetwynd’s water.”
Urban Systems advised, “Chetwynd has been very diligent at identifying potential risks to their community. The old water plant was one of those risks keeping operations staff up at night. It’s great to see this project completed both for the community and the surrounding area residents that rely on clean Chetwynd water. Everyone should now sleep well knowing there is a new and robust state-of-the-art water treatment plant providing great water to the community.”
The District of Chetwynd’s former sand filtration system Water Treatment Plant (WTP) was built in 1996. The plant had experienced some major maintenance issues in recent years, and was at the end of its lifespan.
The federal and provincial governments collaboratively launched the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (Fund) in September 2016. As this Fund primarily focused on investments that met immediate priorities for clean water and wastewater, the District’s WTP improvement project fit squarely into the criteria. Fifty percent of funding ($1,566,095) was contributed by the Federal government, and thirty-three percent ($1,033,623) by the Provincial government, leaving only seventeen percent of the $3,132,191 project cost to be contributed by the District of Chetwynd ($532,472). The Peace River Regional District generously contributed $300,000 toward this project as well.
Alex Adams, Director of Engineering and Public Works (250) 401-4100
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