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New wastewater treatment plant coming to Kimberley

Kimberley will get a new wastewater treatment facility thanks to combined funding of more than $90.6 million.

“The new plant will replace the aging Pollution Control Centre, built in 1967, which is located in a flood-prone area,” said City officials. “It will also have measures to make sure that the service is reliable and will take odour control measures to not disturb nearby communities.”

Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick said he’s glad to see this kind of investment in the city’s infrastructure.

“Replacement of the wastewater treatment plant is the largest investment in Kimberley’s history. This essential service will go from one of the most ‘at risk’ in the Province to one of the most efficient and innovative,” said McCormick. “It is truly a game-changer for the community and could not have happened without this investment.”

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City officials said the funding comes from the federal, provincial and municipal governments.

The Government of Canada will put forward $36,255,486, the B.C. government will provide $30,209,884, and the City of Kimberley will contribute $24,173,346.

B.C.’s Minister of Municipal Affairs Anne Kang said the new facility will provide residents with reliable, efficient service once it’s finished.

“This work will ensure that water quality standards are met, and help safeguard the city of Kimberley for years to come,” said Kang. “What is really important, as I’ve been talking to the mayor, is that this facility will have odour control measures.”

The official start date of construction has yet to be announced.

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