Kamloops, BC – July 21, 2020 – The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is the recipient of joint federal and provincial funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Rural and Northern Communities (ICIP-RNC) Infrastructure funding program.
An investment of $4,949,491 was announced, with $2,969,695 in federal funding and $1,979,796 in provincial funding for the Pritchard Community Water System project.
“This is tremendous news for everyone on the Pritchard water system,” said Mel Rothenburger, TNRD Director for Area P. “Due to conditions in the South Thompson River, water quality has been a major issue for that community for many years. They deserve good quality water and at last they’re going to get it.”
“With this investment in the Pritchard Community Water System Filtration Project, families and individuals in the area will have reliable access to clean, safe drinking water. This is one of 120 such water projects in BC, and 1,425 across all of Canada,” said the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development. “In addition to supporting communities such as Pritchard, we’re on track to eliminating all on-reserve long-term boil water advisories by 2021, ensuring that all Canadians have access to a clean drinking water supply. This means a better quality of life for those living in the area and new opportunities for job creation and sustainable economic growth.”
The Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, stated “This investment in a new water treatment facility will help to ensure that people in Pritchard have access to safe and clean drinking water. The Province is working in partnership with the federal government to help deliver the services people count on, while helping to keep our communities and environment healthy for generations to come.”
The funding will cover 100% of the eligible costs for the TNRD to upgrade its Pritchard Community Water System, including the river intake pumphouse, a new membrane filtration water treatment facility, primary and secondary disinfection, and distribution system piping.
Detailed engineering and design work will be commissioned in 2020, with the objective to put the construction contract out for tender in 2021.
The new treatment facility will be designed to meet guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality and Interior Health Authority (IHA) treatment objectives.
The Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure program was established to ensure the unique needs of BC’s small, rural and remote communities are met – supporting their wide range of infrastructure priorities. To learn more about the program, visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/.
Tyrone McCabe, Manager of Utility Services
Thompson-Nicola Regional District