Sanitary System Upgrades

Sanitary infrastructure may not be the sexiest part of a municipality but it is vital.
In early August, the Town of Peace River learned that we had been successful in our application to the Small Communities Fund to help improve sanitary infrastructure, with the majority of projects on the west hill of Peace River. The fund was setup in 2014 to help smaller communities fund larger infrastructure projects with money coming from both the federal and provincial governments.
During the next five years, the Town of Peace River will receive six million dollars from the fund, in annual disbursements, to help cover the cost of the $11.5 million in projects. This money is in addition to another $2 million which was committed by Alberta Transportation in the spring of 2015. In total government grants will cover eight million dollars, or almost 70 per cent, of the total project cost.
Mayor Tom Tarpey said he was pleased with the announcement and stated that updating Peace River’s infrastructure is critical.
“We very much appreciate this grant from the federal government,” said Tarpey. “It will help support Council’s efforts to rehabilitate the Town’s infrastructure. Sanitary
infrastructure, like lift stations and trunk lines, are not very sexy but they are very necessary to keeping a Town functioning.”
The first installment will be $187,147 for the 2015/2016 fiscal year, which includes both the provincial and federal contributions.