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Funding for clean water in Maple Ridge

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Maple Ridge received close to $1 million from the federal and provincial governments Friday for a pump station and main upgrade.

The funding, $998,905, is from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and will go towards the first phase on an upgrade to the 225th Street pump station and force main.

"The existing pumps at the 225th Street station are nearing the end of their service life and as a part of a review with municipal and independent consultants,” said Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton.

“We are providing capital for the first phase of upgrades. These upgrades will significantly improve the pump station's reliability and capacity to meet the future demands of Maple Ridge."

The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund is providing approximately $310 million to 144 projects throughout the province overall.

The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund enables investments in local government infrastructure, specifically supporting long-term benefits in rehabilitating drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems, as well as planning and designing future facilities and upgrades to existing wastewater systems.

In 2016, Premier Christy Clark announced $148.5 million for the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. Combined with the federal commitment of $225.1 million, this provides a total of $373.6 million in senior-government funding to support rehabilitation of critical infrastructure.

Approved projects are cost shared 50 per cent by the Government of Canada, 33 per cent by the province of British Columbia, and 17 per cent from local governments.

 

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