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Village of Salmo receives $1.85 million for core infrastructure upgrades and improvements

The grant of $1,736,775 is for a total renewal of the 45-year old wastewater system with an additional grant of $104,580 for a comprehensive asset inventory. — Submitted photo

The Village of Salmo is one of several communities in the region benefiting from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).

Salmo joins Balfour, Nakusp, Castlegar, Rossland, Fruitvale, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Kaslo, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, Trail and Ymir a communities receiving part of the $373.2 million for 144 new projects in British Columbia.

The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding — more than $186.6 million — and the Province is investing nearly $123.2 million.

Local governments are contributing the balance of $63.4 million.

“We are very pleased that we are now able to move forward with these important infrastructure projects,” said Mayor Stephen White after the Village was awarded the argest grant in its history.

The grant of $1,736,775 is for a total renewal of the 45-year old wastewater system with an additional grant of $104,580 for a comprehensive asset inventory and condition assessment upgrading project of all linear infrastructure. 

The funding is part of a federal-provincial investment in critical clean water and wastewater infrastructure.

“We are appreciative of this funding from the provincial and federal governments and cognizant that they will make a lasting impact in Salmo in sustainable service delivery in our core service areas – water and wastewater.”
 
Salmo's Chief Administrative Officer, Diane Kalen-Sukra said the Salmo Wastewater System Upgrade and Improvements is a $2 million project that includes: pump replacement and electrical and control upgrades for the primary lift station; repurposing of the secondary clarifier; upgrade of mechanical equipment for both oxidations ditches; construction of an office, laboratory and secure storage site; upgraded headworks; SCADA enhancements; and, installation of new more efficient technologies.
 
Kalen-Sukra said the Asset Inventory and Condition Assessment Upgrading is a $141,000 project that includes properly identifying and assessing the condition of the Village’s linear infrastructure and integrating the asset inventory/condition reporting in the GIS mapping system to create an integrated asset management system for the Village.
 
The projects will commence as soon as possible and are scheduled to be completed by March 31, 2018.

The balance of the 144 projects, including those in the West Kootenay Boundary communities, are listed here.