Sayward receives funds for water treatment facility

The Village of Sayward will be receiving a federal Gas Tax Fund contribution for its new water treatment facility.

“Construction of a new water treatment facility is council’s No. 1 priority; now that funding has been secured for this project, residents of the Village of Sayward can look forward to reliable and safe drinking water well into the future,” said Mayor John MacDonald. “On behalf of the residents of the Village of Sayward, I would like to thank our federal and provincial government partners for their support of this important infrastructure project.”

The addition of a water treatment facility, complete with filtration and a new water storage reservoir will enable the Village of Sayward to comply with the health authority’s surface water treatment objectives and provide safe drinking water to the community well into the future.

Pilot testing of the various water treatment options will begin in early spring, followed by detailed project design and then construction. It is anticipated that construction of the water treatment facility will begin this fall.

The Village of Sayward is receiving $2,922,750 from the federal Gas Tax Fund for the water treatment facility and the total estimated cost of this project is $2,922,750.

This project is one of 57 projects being funded through the Strategic Priorities Fund under the Gas Tax Fund for 2016.

“These funds will help support the construction of infrastructure improvements that will provide a better standard of living for residents in communities all across B.C.,” said Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “I’m pleased to say that local governments throughout the province are receiving more than $69 million in funding for 27 capital projects through the Federal Gas Tax Fund, which is administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and provided by the Government of Canada.”