More than $1.1 Million in Federal Funding to Benefit Taylor Drinking Water System



    TAYLOR, BC, Aug. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Jay Hill, Secretary of
State and MP for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable
Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities,
together with MLA for Peace River South Blair Lekstrom, and Brenda Binnie,
President of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), announced
that $1,123,000 dollars in funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund will be used
to upgrade the District of Taylor's drinking water system. Mayor Fred Jarvis
and other representatives of the District of Taylor Council participated in
the announcement.
    The Council of the District of Taylor was congratulated for its decision
to provide additional safeguards to protect water quality and for taking
action to improve the reliability of the community water distribution system.
    "This important investment will help meet environmentally sustainable
infrastructure needs in Taylor, while supporting our government's commitment
to provide Canadians with cleaner water, economic opportunities, and an
improved quality of life," said MP Hill. "Canada's New Government is pleased
to work in partnership with the Province of British Columbia and UBCM to
address infrastructure needs in a way that respects jurisdiction."

    The project involves three linked components:

    
    - Sealing the District's treated water storage facility in order to
      enhance water quality;
    - Relocating or stabilizing the water main to the community in order to
      improve delivery reliability; and
    - Twinning the water reservoir to provide additional storage capacity.
    

    "We all have an environmental and social responsibility to ensure British
Columbians have access to reliable sources of drinking water," said Blair
Lekstrom, MLA for Peace River South. "I'm pleased that this funding
partnership will help the District of Taylor improve its water treatment and
delivery system for the benefit of their residents."
    Canada's New Government is providing $635.6 million to British Columbia
from 2005 to 2010 through the Gas Tax Agreement. As part of its $33 billion
"Building Canada" plan, the Government of Canada extended the Gas Tax Fund by
an additional $2 billion per year nationally, from 2010 to 2014. The Gas Tax
Agreement is administered in British Columbia by the Union of BC
Municipalities.
    "Today's announcement is another example of the Gas Tax funding improving
the quality of life for citizens in BC," said President Binnie. "UBCM is
pleased to celebrate the upgrade to Taylor's water system provided through
this investment."
    Mayor Fred Jarvis thanked both the federal and provincial governments for
their support for the project. "While our water quality is excellent, we
recognize the need to maximize the safeguards to protect it and to improve the
reliability of our delivery system. Through the welcome assistance of the Gas
Tax Fund, the planned comprehensive upgrade will address ongoing problems in
our water system and minimize future service disruptions to our residents. We
thank our residents for all the patience they have displayed over the past
several years as we have worked on these problems. We also thank the Right
Honourable Stephen Harper, the Honourable Gordon Campbell and our regional
representatives, M.P. Jay Hill and M.L.A. Blair Lekstrom for their continued
support of municipal infrastructure initiatives."
    The District of Taylor will be looking to start the project immediately
and conclude construction within 2 years.
    Please visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca or www.civicnet.bc.ca for
background information on the Canada - BC - UBCM Gas Tax Agreement.




For further information:

For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary to the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, (613) 991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, (613)
948-1148; Anne McKinnon, Communications Director, Ministry of Community
Services, (250) 953-3677; Paul Taylor, Relationships and Communications
Advisor, Union of BC Municipalities, (250) 356-2938; Terry Johnston,
Administrator, District of Taylor, (250) 789-3392


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