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NEWS RELEASE · 27th July 2015
Ministry of Transportation
Residents of Kitimat and Stewart will benefit from new and upgraded local infrastructure thanks to joint funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia for three projects through the small Communities Fund.

A project in Kitimat will modernize and upgrade the Kitimat Wastewater Treatment Plant to increase its efficiency and expand its operating capacity. In addition to a structural retrofit of the plant, the project will include replacing the pumps, and the ventilation, filtration, control, and aeration systems. When completed, the upgraded facility will cost less to operate and will be able to accommodate the Districtís current and anticipated residential and business needs, as well as those of the regionís growing liquefied natural gas industry.

Part of the funding will support the construction of two new environmental management systems for the Stewart Landfill Site, which has reached capacity and is being closed. The first, a methane gas collection and flaring system, will reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the decomposing waste at the site. The second, a leachate collection and treatment system, will help protect local groundwater tables and Bear River from contaminants. To support the future disposal needs of the community, the project also includes the creation of a new waste transfer station.

The projects announced today are among 55 recently approved in British Columbia that will collectively receive more than $128 million in joint federal-provincial funding under the Small Communities Fund. These projects represent important investments in municipal infrastructure that maintain safe, healthy communities. Once complete, the work will significantly improve key municipal services for residents and help boost regional development.

Through the Small Communities Fund, the governments of Canada and British Columbia are working in partnership to provide funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs in communities across the province that have fewer than 100,000 residents. These investments support job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities across British Columbia for years to come.