Thursday July 12, 2012

Local News

Water Woes Over

Boston Bar a 'Town of Tomorrow' with opening of new water treatment plant

Released by Sabrina Kasprzak, FVRD/Handout photos


Dave Roblin, Utilities Technician (L), Boston Bar resident Anne Schudeleit (C) and Sharon Gaetz, FVRD Board Chair, cut the ribbon to the new Water Treatment Plant in Boston Bar.



he Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) and the community of Boston Bar announced today the opening and commissioning of the Boston Bar Integrated Water System.

Today’s event celebrates the integration of seven separate drinking water systems into one, safe and secure potable water system for residents living in the Electoral Area A community of Boston Bar. Area residents have been on a long-standing boil water advisory for over 20 years, as the small privately and corporately owned water systems were unable to provide adequate flow, pressure or storage capacity. Most importantly, however, they did not meet adequate water quality standards or the requirements of the Provincial Drinking Water Protection Act.

"Projects such as these demonstrate our Government’s commitment to helping meet the long-term needs of Canada’s growing and vibrant communities. In addition to improving the water supply in Boston Bar, this project has helped to create jobs and will ensure continued economic growth by providing modern, reliable infrastructure," said MP Mark Strahl in a release on Thursday.

Gwen O’Mahony, Chilliwack-Hope MLA (L), David Lamson, FVRD Electoral Area E Director, Sharon Gaetz, FVRD Board, Bill Dickey, FVRD Electoral Area D Director (behind), take a tour of the new water treatment plant facilty in Boston Bar.

As unincorporated areas and individual water system operators did not have the funds to make the necessary improvements, the community requested the FVRD to manage all the water systems in Boston Bar and to improve the quality of water.

"Being able to drink a glass of water right out of the tap and better fire protection are now realities for people in Boston Bar and our government is pleased to have contributed more than $1 million toward this water system upgrade," said MLA Ida Chong, Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

In response to this request, in 2007, the FVRD submitted a grant application for upgrades to the Boston Bar Community Water System under the Canada-British Columbia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (CBCMRIF). The CBCMRIF’s purpose is to improve municipal and rural infrastructure, with the objectives of ensuring that communities are sustainable, competitive and healthy centres of economic growth.

"Today’s event marks a significant milestone for the community of Boston Bar. Having access to safe drinking water is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle, and I am thrilled to share in your celebration of this eagerly awaited enhancement to your community and our region," said FVRD Board Chair Sharon Gaetz.

In 2010 the FVRD applied for additional grant funding under the Towns for Tomorrow Program which supports projects within communities with fewer than 15,000 residents. Both programs, through combined federal and provincial funding, contributed a total of $1.8 million to the overall $2.5 million project cost, making it possible for the FVRD to undertake this major upgrade to the community’s water system.

"Today’s event marks two celebrations: our community’s access to clean drinking water and the peace of mind that flows from having adequate fire protection. We are also celebrating a truly remarkable joining of efforts, without which today’s announcement would not have been possible," said Lloyd Forman, Director of Electoral Area A.

The project, which includes a new integrated water system and water treatment plant, is now complete and for the first time in 20 years, the residents of Boston Bar have access to safe drinking water and proper fire protection.


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