News Release: Oliver Receives Funding for Rural Water System

Oliver, British Columbia – The Town of Oliver will complete the third and final phase of its Rural Water Twinning Project thanks to $1,243,000 from the Government of Canada through the Gas Tax Fund transfer. This project, which started in 2006, will provide potable water to approximately 1,500 residents and many businesses in the rural areas surrounding Oliver.

“Our Government is pleased to help complete this important project to extend the supply of safe and reliable water in this region,” said Dan Albas, MP for Okanagan—Coquihalla. “Investing in clean water infrastructure is an investment in the health of local residents, job creation and long-term economic growth in our Okanagan communities.”

Oliver's rural water system, which was developed in the 1920s, required significant upgrades. The Rural Water Twinning Project will provide a parallel water pipeline grid to supply year-round, potable water to all rural customers. Once complete, this project will remove the Town's need to operate under water quality advisories several months each year. The total budget for this final phase is estimated at $1,864,000.

“The Water Twinning project is the cornerstone of health and safety improvements for our rural water customers,” says Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes. “After seven years of phased design and construction, having funding in place to finally complete this project is great news for current residents and future generations.”

“It's often challenging for local governments to cover the costs of large infrastructure projects, like this final phase of Oliver's Rural Water Twinning Project,” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “This Gas Tax funding contributes significantly to the completion of this project that will greatly enhance water quality to address the needs of local residents and to guard their health.”

“There are many communities in BC with infrastructure that has exceeded its shelf life,” said Union of British Columbia Municipalities President Mary Sjostrom. “I am delighted to see the Gas Tax Fund support the water service shared by Town of Oliver with residents in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.”

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has made unprecedented investments in infrastructure. Through the Gas Tax Fund alone, municipalities across the country have received over $10 billion in transfers for local priority initiatives. Making this fund permanent at $2billion annually was part of Canada's Economic Action Plan – a plan to help create good jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity.

Between 2006 and 2014, British Columbia will receive more than $1.56 billion from the Gas Tax Fund to improve local infrastructure. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

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For more information:

Genevieve Sicard
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities

Tom Szalay
Municipal Manager
Town of Oliver

Matt Gordon
Communications Director
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

Paul Taylor
Relationships and Communications Advisor

Infrastructure Canada
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