The Town of Lake Cowichan says it’s moving forward with the final phase of its wastewater infrastructure upgrades thanks to a multi-million dollar boost from the provincial and federal governments.
The project costs $10.1 million in total, with the federal government providing $4 million, the province contributing $3.3 million and the town covering the remaining $2.7 million.
The funding will be used to expand the region’s wastewater treatment facility – including upgrades to lagoon aeration, phosphorus removal and disinfection processes.
The upgrades help the community meet strict water quality standards that protect both residents and the environment, according to a release from the federal government on Thursday.
“The upgrading of our wastewater treatment plant will resolve compliance issues mandated by provincial regulations required to meet provincial and federal water quality objectives for the Cowichan River, a Canadian designated heritage river,” said Lake Cowichan Mayor Tim McGonigle.
“Again, many thanks to staff, and all involved for the hard work and diligence in continuing to look for all options to also resolve the capacity issues.”
The federal government’s contribution to the project comes from its Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
The “Investing in Canada” includes $180 billion for public infrastructure projects over 12 years.